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Thecus® N5550 Case Study by Syronex

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Backup, local storage, sharing, antivirus and evolution needs now covered for Syronex

Backup, local storage, sharing, antivirus and evolution needs now covered for Syronex

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  • 1. Backup, local storage,sharing, antivirus andevolution needs nowcovered for Syronex“Were planning on starting to integrate the N5550 intoour multi-location/datacenter backup system, thanks inpart to the devices built-in integration with Amazon S3.Having in-house expertise in Linux systems, well also beable to run our own software on the NAS to performcomputational tasks such as encryption and automatedbackup verification. ”Company :SyronexLocation :United StatesIndustry :SaaSThecus Model :N5550Website :http://formsmarts.com
  • 2. IntroductionSyronex is the company behind the FormSmarts platform. FormSmarts is anonline form builder and a cloud-based web form platform providing all youneed to create forms, publish them in minutes and collect form responsesonline. Thousands of businesses, non-profits, educational institutions andgovernmental organizations rely daily on FormSmarts for their operations.✤Problem:✤As a web-era company, Syronex is heavily dependent on offsite serversand cloud storage. We maintain servers in several datacenters for ouroperations and use cloud storage for all our backup needs. To avoidmaintenance and administration overheads, we didnt have any on-siteserver or data storage appliance before getting the Thecus N5550 NAS.
  • 3. SolutionBackup, Local Storage and Sharing needsWith time it became apparent that even though our current offsite backup arrangement was suitably covering all criticaldata, it couldnt cover ALL data, mainly due to network latency issues. To mitigate the incidence of losing a hard drive orcomputer (major loss of productivity), we further needed to fully backup all computers (Mac OS X) and virtual machinesused for development (VMware, Linux). For example, the downtime required to set up new machines without a full backupof the current machines was too great, therefore we had to delay the up-date to newer and more efficient computers.The addition of an network-attached storage was the obvious solution, but we put off getting a NAS for some time becauseof the fear that the initial setup and administration of the appliance would require a substantial time investment.While we were still considering whether or not to buy a NAS, other problems were surfacing. The new generation of SSD-based laptops we now use (MacBook Air) have a limited storage capacity. This was becoming an issue because most cloudstorage solutions wont allow users to access data without creating a local copy. Using the NAS to mount a network drive inthe file system would address this issue. Offering support for Apples AFP/TimeMachine as well as NFS, the Thecus N5550was the perfect fit for our Mac and Linux environment.
  • 4. SolutionAntivirus ProtectionAnother technical concern was that we didnt have adequate virus and malware protection. We use operating systems(MacOS X & Linux) for which antivirus software is not readily available, so the best place to host antivirus protection wason the NAS. The Thecus N5550 conveniently offers a McAfee antivirus module, and since all data ends up on the NAS, alldata will be scanned.InstallationSetting up the N5550 NAS was all done in a matter of minutes. After fitting two 4TB hard drives into their respective bays,we powered on the appliance and went on to create a RAID 1 volume with encryption. Activating encryption requires anexternal USB flash drive to store the encryption key, assuring the disk-level security of the data stored on the NAS.Creating users, groups and folders was a breeze with Thecus web-based administration console and enabling AFP forTimeMachine and NFS for Linux was equally painless.I immediately went on to install the McAfee antivirus module in the Application Server tab and scheduled daily scans andautomated updates of the virus signature database.The N5550 is coping well with the daily 50 to 200GB transferred.
  • 5. Conclusion✤ Room for Evolution✤ Beyond our initial setup with two 4TB HDs in RAID 1 configuration for data redundancy, the N5550 provides us withample room for growth with three more bays.✤ In the coming weeks, were planning on starting to integrate the N5550 into our multi-location/datacenter backupsystem, thanks in part to the devices built-in integration with Amazon S3. Having in-house expertise in Linux systems,well also be able to run our own software on the NAS to perform computational tasks such as encryption andautomated backup verification.
  • 6. Conclusion✤ Room for Evolution✤ Beyond our initial setup with two 4TB HDs in RAID 1 configuration for data redundancy, the N5550 provides us withample room for growth with three more bays.✤ In the coming weeks, were planning on starting to integrate the N5550 into our multi-location/datacenter backupsystem, thanks in part to the devices built-in integration with Amazon S3. Having in-house expertise in Linux systems,well also be able to run our own software on the NAS to perform computational tasks such as encryption andautomated backup verification.

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