Protect yourself against encryption-based ransomware for Free with Synology

Protect yourself against encryption-based ransomware

The risk of malware infection remains on a constant rise with new infections rapidly spreading every hour, every day. Synology addresses this growing malware problem by introducing powerful security measures such as Security Advisor and Qualysguard Security Scan, as well as offering regular security updates to protect users from potential threats. Recently, we have witnessed new encryption-based ransomware targeting personal files and even network-based devices. Below, we will explain how Synology’s comprehensive multi-version backup solution can rescue your PC and NAS from malicious attacks.

What is an encryption-based ransomware?

Encryption-based ransomware, such as CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, and TorrentLocker, encrypts files stored on computers, and even network drives. Once infected, you are left with the option to either pay the ransom to regain access to your files or give up all your precious data previously stored on the computer or storage device.

Crucial practices against ransomware attacks on your PC

Ransomware has become a growing threat to home users and small offices with less sophisticated defense systems. Put an end to malware infections, here are some tips and tricks to avoid becoming another victim of ransomware.

Update your operating system

Outdated computer systems are relatively more vulnerable to ransomware attacks. This is why it is essential to perform regular software and operating system updates to improve the security of your computer.

Install a reputable security suite

Install a good antivirus software or a reputable security suite to help you detect and fight off malicious threats, giving you an extra form of protection.

Avoid suspicious files

Stay on guard and think twice before opening email attachments or clicking files from unknown sources. Watch out for suspicious files with hidden file-extensions such as “.pdf.exe”

Disable remote access

Malware often target computers using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). Keep RDP disabled if you do not require remote access

Multi-version backup, your best weapon against ransomware

Encryption-based ransomware is getting sophisticated and may not be detected by anti-malware software in time. Once infected, you will be locked out from your own data and there is still no guarantee you can retrieve your data even after paying the ransom! It is highly recommended to perform routine backups to restore infected files and minimize damage. Take advantage of multi-version backup — a robust backup solution allowing you to restore previous versions of the infected files.

  1. Backup your computer to NAS using Cloud Station Backup
  2. Backup NAS to cloud
  3. Backup NAS to expansion units
  4. Offsite backup to another NAS

Back up your PC data to NAS

Having a backup version of your data prevents you from having to pay an extortion fee to unlock your own data. Create a multi-version backup for quick restoration. Synology Cloud Station Backup is the perfect solution to back up data stored on your computer to Synology NAS servers. You can retain up to 32 historical versions of a single file, allowing you to restore files to a previous state.

Back up NAS data to other destinations

Backing up locally just might not be enough should a more destructive ransomware attack shared folders on your NAS server through accessing file services on your PC. The best way to prevent this is to add another layer of protection by having uninfected backup versions stored in an offsite location. If you fall victim of ransomware, you can still access data stored at different locations.

Hyper Backup

Hyper Backup lets you enjoy a full range of multi-version backup destinations from local shared folders, expansion units, and external hard drives, to network shared folders, rsync server, and public cloud services.

Hyper Backup also offers solid protection for local backup. You can isolate data from internet threats by configuring your PCs’ access privilege to certain shared folders on Synology NAS to further prevent outside forces from accessing critical backup data stored in your NAS shared folder.

Snapshot Replication

The cutting-edge Btrfs file system supports state-of-the-art snapshot technology on select NAS models. Snapshot Replication allows you to replicate data from a primary site to an offsite location up to every 5 minutes and 15 minutes for LUNs, ensuring all your critical data in shared folders or virtual machines in iSCSI LUNs can be recovered quickly in the event of disaster.

Steps to take when discovering ransomware infection

In the unfortunate event that you have encountered a ransomware attack, do not fret. Turn off your WiFi or unplug your network cable—make sure you disconnect yourself from the internet immediately. The next step is to have your computer system completely wiped clean of infection. Make sure your computer is at a clean state before restoring previous versions of files that were backed up via Synology backup features.

Peace of mind for media storage

As the world shifts towards high resolution content the demand for storage space to accommodate these growing file sizes is increasing. Not only the storage capacity, but also the speed and performance for these storage devices has becoming increasingly important. For creative professionals living a life on the go it is essential to have a portable storage device that is not only compact and reliable but also provides the user with high accessibility to their media content. Traditional portable hard drives do not meet the performance requirements for such an application so the hunt for an appropriate device is becoming a challenge.

Portable external hard drives are great for moving small files from one location to another, and can be an ideal portable storage device for home users. But when applying this to the professional field, where redundancy and performance are becoming a necessity, these small portable drives just don’t make the cut. Portable Hard drives normally come with single hard disk, so in an event where this hard disk fails all of your data is be lost. Due to this we recommend having a device capable of running multiple disks in a RAID configuration. Put simply a RAID or redundant array of independent disks allows for the mirroring of data across two or more hard drives to provide a redundant copy of your data that is kept constantly up to date. Now looking in to performance, when accessing a standard portable HDD via USB3 you are limited to the throughput of a single hard drive so your performance will max out at around 150Mb/s in general. The question is what is the best solution that meets your performance requirements while still providing data redundancy?

Enter Stardom. Stardom is a well known brand in the post production and media market, who offer cost effective, high speed, direct attached storage solutions for multimedia designers and creative professionals working in rich media. The eject-able hard drive bay design makes the stardom units more portable than ever before, and their solid aluminium chassis protects them from the wear and tear of life on the go. With a wide range of connectivity to suit, their solutions come in USB, eSATA and Thunderbolt connectivity, in multi drive bay configuration, allowing you to customize your storage to suit your needs. For performance you can set it to RAID 0 and utilise the throughput of 1 or up to 8 hard drives or set it to RAID 1 or 5 for data redundancy saving you from unexpected data loss.  This flexibility allows the content creator to stream and edit high resolution media directly from the device without the need to download files while also keeping your files safe from HDD failure.

Are you able to recover from disaster?

Hacking, accidental deletion, power interruptions, malware, data theft, data corruption and hard drive failures are just some of the factors you have to worry about on a daily basis when it comes to your data protection. Not only can each of these issues cause you to lose your data, but the negative impacts on daily operations can be astronomical, Such as losing valuable customer information, impacting the sales or account management team and the rest cascades down from there. Thinking of a data redundancy plan may be just another headache to think about, but it doesn’t have to be.

These are not the only factors, there are also physical disasters such as fire, theft, and natural disasters to take into consideration. 80% of businesses do not recover from data loss when disaster strikes, so implementing a solution is vital to ensuring your business is always protected and able to recover from any unexpected occurrence.

When implementing a total back up solution there are a few things to consider, platform, capacity, cost, recovery point objective, recovery time objective.

The Cloud is a popular term on the market, it gives you an infrastructure free, offsite designation to back your data up to you for a monthly description, but how effective is it? The Cloud is accessed via internet, and based on a variety of factors, implications such as performance, reliability, bandwidth all pose problems to give you an optimised backup solution. Because backups from the cloud may hog bandwidth, this can also impact your recovery time, and cause vital tasks to be interrupted or delayed.

Having many versions to recover from is essential, this feature allows you to recover from different points and different versions from different dates, incase of accidental deletion or corruption.

So what is the other option? Synology NAS provides local storage that can be utilised, customised, and configured to individual needs, because every disaster recovery plan is different. Being on site, performance is the least of your worries being attached to your local area network you can optimise performance with out hogging bandwidth across your network.

Not only does a Synology NAS offer a high performance backup solution, but it also gives the flexibility to create your own recovery point objectives that suit your individual requirements, as well as choose from a range of comprehensive back up features to save space or have a fast recovery time.

Having local infrastructure allows you to stay in control of the amount of data you back up with Synology’s Hyper backup featuring de-duplication technology you can save space if capacity is a concern at no additional charge.

Not only can Synology provide a back up solution for the office computers and servers, but it can also create a total disaster recovery plan, utilising it’s ability to become a hybrid cloud, seamlessly linking your current or future cloud solution with the NAS as a one-stop portal and dual redundant solution but back ups can also be done to another off-site NAS creating a disaster proof recovery solution.

For more information contact one of our staff on 09 444 8448

Is Your Workflow Optimized?

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Workflow is one of the most crucial parts to any form of business, especially when it comes to the creative industry, from massive post production firms doing video editing to photographers. With the current 4K, moving to 8K and higher resolution still images for photographers, being able to quickly offload these files to a real time storage device with a level of redundancy on said storage is becoming a challenge, not to mention meeting deadlines without interruptions.

One might think that their 8TB or 10TB USB portable hard drive from the local retail shop is already top dog for their workflow, as it can offer them capacity and portability, but increasing your storage capacity is not the only factor to take in to consideration. Transfer speed, redundancy, and future proofing are just some of the aspects which contribute to an optimized workflow. Lets look at the technology behind it first.

USB 3 has long been a standard and well known to many. It has a theoretical data transfer rate of 5Gb/s or around 600MB/s – it might all sound impressive but ever wonder why your portable hard drive is still taking ages to copy your files when it has such impressive speeds? 600MB/s is only the potential throughput, or to put it in simple terms, how big the pipe is. We also have to consider the max transfer speed of the single hard drive inside. A normal desktop hard drive has transfer speeds of around 140MB/s – 220MB/s, and that’s the max it will reach on average. More realistically your USB 3 portable hard drive sits at around the 40-125 MB/s and that’s not consistent either, the speeds will fluctuate or peak depending on what you are copying (Please see the below image for USB 3 Portable Hard Drive speed test.)

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On the other side there is Thunderbolt storage. You might have come across these terms from the Apple store, but what makes it different? Thunderbolt works entirely different from USB, it comes with active cable chip set to control data flow to ensure that it’s performance is consistent. Thunderbolt 2 (the previous generation) can offer up to 20Gb/s and the new Thunderbolt 3 can offer 40Gb/s of data transfer rates, 8 times that of USB 3!

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Now earlier we talked about it being pointless having a huge data transfer rate when the bottleneck is still relative to the single hard drive. Most Thunderbolt storage devices come in multi-bay options. Having a pool of hard drives working together concurrently allows you to increase the load on more hard drives as opposed to just one – you are simply writing to all the hard drives at the same time which increases performance dramatically. Normally they will also be working in a RAID group which will offer you hard drive redundancy in an event that causes 1 hard drive to fail, meaning you won’t lose your data, as well as additional storage ranging from 12TB, 24TB, 32TB and 48TB.

The Promise Pegasus3 is the newest generation of Thunderbolt storage that can cater for all the crucial workflow aspects mentions above with only the few clicks of a button. Already well known in professional media circles from video editors to photographers, the Pegasus3 is now available from your local NZ distributor. Talk to one of our sales representatives that understands the IT storage market with 20 years of experience, get the support in your same time zone and work hours and take the opportunity to upgrade with the current promotion offer.

Future Proof Your Storage,  Take Advantage Of The Free Thunderbolt 3 To Thunderbolt 2 Adapter.
Experience Peace Of Mind With An Optimized Workflow Even With A Thunderbolt 2 Device.
Promotion Ends 30th June 2017

 

For more information on the Pegasus range please contact VST NZ Ltd on 09 444 8448 or visit us at WWW.VST.CO.NZ

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Are You In Control When Disaster Strikes?

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The fast pace of technological development, raises the question: what happens next and when? Information Technology will continue to develop and revolutionize the way tasks are managed and implemented. Becoming the necessity it has, IT handles even the most critical business tasks such as communication, security as well as productivity, and a well established IT system can help play a big role in the success of a business.

Information Technology has become the backbone of every day business tasks and is used to produce critical data regularly. But when disaster strikes that data can be wiped in an instant and without a recovery plan you will be left in the dark. 40% of businesses never re-open after a catastrophic data loss, so a contingency plan is vital.

Data can be affected in a multitude of ways from something as small as power cuts, and ransomware to something as big as an earthquake or any other natural disaster. Taking control of your IT and producing a contingency plan requires 2 main solutions to disaster, storage and back-up and there are 2 terms commonly thrown around to provide a quick fix, ‘external hard drives’ or ‘the Cloud’.

External hard drives, offer both back up and storage for critical data, but can be damage, lost, or corrupted just as easy as your computers hard drive. The Cloud is another story, the Cloud offers, storage for a fee, but is often limited to space. Storing on the Cloud does eliminate the risk of data loss in case of corruption and physical damage, but it does pose other risks such as data security and connectivity issues, connectivity disruption disrupts data access and productivity. One of the disadvantages of backing up your data to the Cloud is that the process can be slow, even when using broadband speeds. The more data you have the more sluggish the speeds, when sending data to the cloud, or try to execute a full HDD restore.

NAS (Network Attached Storage) such as Synology are local storage that offer massive storage capacities and powerful solutions to help store, protect and back up your data and allow you to take control over your own disaster recovery plan. With hard drives and power redundancy measures to counter hardware failure such as hard drives dying and power  supplies failing.

 

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Your own Private Cloud Data center, at a fraction of the price.

 

When disaster strikes storing on premises can be compromised,  but Synology inbuilt proprietary software provides comprehensive methods to replicate and back-up your data to an offsite location at no additional license or software cost, depending on the level of redundancy you require. whether that be to another NAS at your home or another Branch. In addition you can utilize the cloud as well as your local storage device to create a ‘Hybrid Cloud’ allowing you to remain as an owner of your storage rather than a tenant. The local copy can be used as day-to-day access and a back up copy stored on the Cloud as a back-up destination, ensuring your data is protected from physical disaster as well as virtual threats.

Because data is more often than not mission critical, storage and back-up are not the only important factors to consider when up time for your data is crucial. Renting space on the Cloud for your main source of storage does not always guarantee this due to a wide range of factors that can disrupt your internet connection. Taking control over your IT means that you can ensure your always up and running. Synology’s high availability application runs an active and passive server, if your active server for what ever reason goes down, the passive server picks up where the other one left off, giving you total control over your productivity. Instead of duplicated all different hardware in your IT environment, paying additional licensing fee or service fee for multiple devices why not take a look at how Synology can make your business IT simple by simply consolidating multiple systems in to an all-in-one solution.

For more information on how a NAS solution can help you take back control over your IT and prepare a disaster recovery plan that you have complete control over contact

VST NZ Ltd on 09 444 8448.

10 Reasons Why You Need A NAS

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10 Reasons Why You Need A NAS

 

What Is a NAS?

Most data storage are either local, for example with in physical reach such as an external hard drive, or cloud based such as drop-box or Google drive. A NAS or Network Attached Storage is a combination of the two essentially hard drives connected to a network. Being connected to the entire network means that it can be accessed by an computers on the network at the same time.

NAS not only give you simple storage functionality, it also has a wide range of enhanced features that help to make it an all in one solution. Normally, an OS is pre installed on the NAS which will give you a range of additional enhanced features at no extra cost. A NAS can also function as a private cloud which will give you the same if not better performance and features as a public cloud, but most importantly of all allowing you to have total control over your storage, improving the overall privacy of your data.

Most NAS systems are configured in a RAID array consisting of multiple drives, this configuration will generally give you a fault tolerance fo one drive, meaning if one drive fails, your data will be safe.

But What Are The Benefits Of The NAS Over An External HDD Or The Cloud?

1). Easiest Way To Add Storage

NAS are the easiest ways to add storage to your network without interruption. Simply plug the device in to your network and you will have near instant additional storage, and lots of it. Obviously you will have all the other bells and whistles that come with it, such as user access rights and much more.

2). Share With Ease

With a NAS you can easily share your data in a cross platform environment, regardless of what operating system you use. Gone are the days of duplicating files on multiple PC’s, copying the file for family members to an external hard drive or USB stick and physically moving it to another PC. This will also offer you user access rights so you can control who can read or write which folder in the system.

3). It’s Your Very Own Private Cloud

We all know cloud storage is incredibly convenient, which is why the majority use it, but do you really know who has access to it? The initial cost might be attractive but what about if your data grows? Especially when important, private data is involved. Because your NAS is your own private cloud only you and who you give permission to can access and see those files. You won’t lack any features of the public cloud and you will have better control and more cost effective solution. Don’t be a long term storage tenant be an owner.

4). Backups, Backups, And Backups.

With everything moving towards the digital age, losing your data is becoming more and more common. We all know how important data is right? So backing up your data should be standard in all aspects of business or everyday use. Doing this on a daily basis can be a pain, we know it’s easier to skip a day than to do it every day right? Good news, NAS can perform automatic backups, mirroring any changes made locally on your computer immediately. These solutions can offer you back up from your PC or phone to the NAS, with in the NAS, NAS to portable HDD, NAS to the cloud, or even NAS to NAS, giving NAS the nickname total backup solution. Memories are irreplaceable; would you pay a huge sum for data recovery or a small investment for a NAS and back it up today?

5). Rest Easy Your Data Is Protected, Even On The Go

Working on your mobile device, accessing photos and videos on the go is the new norm with recent advances in technology. Having more and more mobile devices on you increases the risk that your devices could be stolen or damaged, and with that your data such as important university assignments, memories from a family holiday. With NAS this data can be automatically synced back in real time and stored on the NAS so you can access our data from anywhere, meaning if a device is lost damaged or stolen, your data is still safe.

6). It’s Not Complicated To Setup

This is a major benefit, it doesn’t long at all to setup and get running with most using a simple interface that’s web-based that guides you to set up your device and access settings. Most also come with Apps to access all the features with the tap of a button.

7). Your Own Media Server

While you can’t use the cloud as a home media server, with a NAS you can. Stream your favourite content such as movies, photos, or music to your Playstation, Smart TV or Bluetooth speakers. NAS are also compatible with Apple TV, Roku, ChromeCast and Android TV.

8). Personal Home Surveillance

Attach a couple cameras to your network and double your NAS as your very own surveillance station. Keep your mind at ease and check your cameras from anywhere, at home, at work or on the go with NAS such as Synology offering apps to check your cameras on your mobile devices and record it directly to your NAS.

9). Mobile Apps

Using your NAS on the go to access all your videos, music or  photos from home, ca be done through Apps. Synology for example has apps that can be downloaded for free from the Appstore or Playstore giving you one touch applications to fully utilise your NAS’ at your convenience.

10). Support

By using one of these NAS you data is fully supported, purchasing through a reputable re-seller means that you will have support in local time from the authorizes distributor.

 

 

 

 

What you need to know about VM Storage

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Is Your Virtualized Infrastructure As Efficient As It Should Be?

Virtualization plays a huge role in business from medium to enterprise level and it’s quickly becoming increasingly more important to deploy storage media that will allow companies to access data and improve their overall workflow. With the capacity requirements of storage constantly on the rise, implementing an efficient storage solution is one of the most challenging prerequisites of any dynamic or modern business especially one that ticks all the boxes, ensuring that your business is able to store valuable data with high performance and reliability, whilst providing optimal efficiency and business continuity for an undisturbed workflow.
Data storage solutions do not have to be budget breaking, cost thousands for maintenance or add more than it’s worth to the power-bill. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be complicated to use, instead a virtualized storage solution may be right up your alley.

“What is storage virtualisation?” that’s the question you’re probably asking yourself right now. You’ve more than likely heard of virtualization software brands VMware, Hyper-V and Citrix; these are all related to the Virtualization of servers and desktops, which is quickly becoming a popular method of reducing IT footprint, overheads and allows for a mobile workforce, giving you the ability to work anywhere at anytime.

But the real question to ask is this; how do you efficiently store data in a virtualized environment?

A Synology NAS solution can provide:

  1. iSCSI Connectivity
    • Move block level data between an iSCSI initiator and an iSCSI target on a storage device. iSCSI doesn’t require expensive or complex switches and cards, instead using standard Ethernet making it cheaper and easier to adopt.use_iSCSI_Targets_on_Windows
  2. Thin Provisioning
    • Thin provisioning allows you to efficiently manage your data usage by flexibly allocating storage space based on the minimum space requirement by each user. Removing over-allocation  and wasting of space allowing you to set capacity quotas and efficiently manage your storage.synology-iscsi-virtualization-3 copy
  3. LUN Cloning and snapshots as well as replication:
    • Create near instantaneous virtual copies of a LUN as easily as a the click of your mouse. You can create up to 256 application consistent LUN snapshots so your data is always protected, minimising data loss. These are also checked for consistency between the VM Server and the Snapshots stored on the LUN.synology-iscsi-virtualization-6

 

“But I use a SAN solution”

SAN is a “big” word that often gets confused and more times than not, an expensive route to take compared to other solutions out there for virtualized applications. Network Attached Storage or NAS simply can be used over a 10GbE network as an IP SAN solution which in some situations and dependent on how you use it, an be better than some of the traditional 4Gb FC SAN solutions or a server via a 6Gb SAS JBOD

All the tasks are performed on the storage level, a lot of deployments omit backup applications or other features that are performed on the server level. By doing this the applications use up memory on the virtualised server. Or for an even more ideal solution, is freeing up the virtualisation server, allowing resources to focus what it does best and let the storage unit worry about back up and data replication.

Storage virtualization is a flexible solution; you can choose the HDD that you wish to use and pay as you grow, this gives you flexibility and doesn’t lock you down to any vendors because really, who wants to pay upwards of $1000 for replacement hard drives 2 years down the track.

 

 

The benefits of these?

With Synology, there are no ongoing licensing fees or vendor lock-ins, they are cross platform compatible and are Citrix, VMware and hyper-V certified.

It’s SSD Caching capability allows for significant server performance enhancement, accelerating read and write speeds on heavy application servers that require high random IOPS. The improved read and write speeds offer significant reduction in I/O latency, removing the performance bottlenecks from regular hard drives.

 

Here is a quick crash course on storage virtualization, if you’re interested in deploying a cost effective solution, talk to our expert team for more information
Contact us: 09 444 8448 or Email us at Sales@vst.co.nz

Running Out Of Space On Your Phone?

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Not Enough Storage On Your Phone?

Smartphones, one of the most used products on Earth, the device you most likely couldn’t get through the day without, the hand held device that makes daily life so much easier, is changing the way we work and live. We all own one of these convenient little packages that replaces a multitude of things such as your point and shoot camera, music player, portable gaming device, GPS navigator and portable video player. But what do these all have in common? They all require storage.

Smartphones generally come in a range of different storage capacities, from 8GB to 128GB’s of raw capacity. But how much of that total storage do you REALLY get from that?

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You can see an example of a range of smartphone models, with 16GB’s of storage capacity. The smartphones operating systems and built in features take quite a big chunk out of your overall storage space, leaving you with a little less than what you thought you had. Sure, the remaining storage still sounds like a lot but you’ll quickly find that it won’t be enough.

With apps, photos, music, and videos getting bigger and your smartphones being limited by it’s internal capacity, your phone will fill up sooner or later. But what do you do then? Buy a new phone? buy a micro SD card ( if your phone can hold one), do you delete whats currently on your phone? Pay a premium to use a public cloud service? There are many options to consider.

There is one key remaining factor, that is storage space longevity, giving you the power to store and easily access your data quickly and safely without worrying about how much space you have left. But what’s on the market that give you this freedom?

Have you ever considered using a private cloud? A “cloud” that’s just for you and who ever you let use it? I know what your thinking, that’s too scary to use and that’s okay. But what if it was as easy as a simple app? You’ve probably used the public cloud before but private clouds can be a great way to store your own stuff, without letting anyone you don’t want access those files, they also add large amounts of storage to your phone. One of the best features about a private cloud? you can automatically sync your files to it in the background, share files with ease and access them all with a simple application.

That means no more deleting old memories, no more worrying about about how much space you have left on your mobile devices and on a side note, no more performance issues when you phone gets closer to its total capacity. With you’re own cloud, the lack of storage becomes a thing of the past. With your own cloud, the lack of storage space becomes a thing of the past. You can automatically access your files for your own personal use or share with your friends’ music, videos, photos etc from your own network, saving you valuable space on your phone, all done with the touch of an app.

Don’t be a storage tenant, become and owner today! talk to your local experts contact us on 09 444 8448 or email us at sales@vst.co.nz

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Public vs Private cloud

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Cloud Data Storage Vs. Private (NAS) Storage

With the constant and rapid growth of data, users are seeking new ways to easily and efficiently manage their personal and/or business data. With public cloud service providers actively promoting their cloud storage platforms the word ‘cloud’ is quickly becoming a hot-topic in the market with more and more users becoming familiar with the word cloud and relating this to a storage platform.

But what is cloud storage really?

Cloud storage, is physically a server that looks like this:

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Basically, it is a series, of storage devices owned by the service provider that rents out allocated data space on these devices for a monthly usage fee and is only accessible via internet.
However we have all heard about hacking / security issues when storing your personal data on public platform, but are these 3rd party storage providers the only option for additional storage space or redundancy or can you actually host it at your own home / business at fraction of the cost, and which will give you total control.

Personal NAS (Creating a private cloud)

The term NAS might sound foreign, but it stands for Network Attached Storage. It’s a clever little storage unit that plugs into your own network that creates a cross platform, file sharing power house for everyone in the network.

What do you mean by ‘private cloud’

Cloud storage doesn’t all have to be scary and large scale, you can create your own personal cloud storage at a fraction of the cost. A lot of NAS units on the market have built-in features that enable the user to create their own private cloud storage. You can sync your data across all your devices such as your phone, tablet or laptop, giving you the convenience to move between work and home. As a private cloud, no one else can access it unless YOU give them permission to, giving you total control.

Should I stop using the cloud

Public services aren’t a bad thing as a matter of fact they are an excellent solution for some individuals, what’s best for you really depends on your needs, and you can always create a hybrid solution.
Most NAS units have other built in features such as backup, which gives you the capability of backing up your data to a different location, some even give you the flexibility and convenience of connecting your private cloud to public cloud but with added bonuses, hence hybrid solution.

You can encrypt your files before a copy is synced to the public cloud giving you added security for your sensitive data. The data will sync between your own private storage to the public bidirectionally, so if one service is down you still have a redundant copy.

The NAS is more than just a storage unit, when you rent or use the public cloud services you are only paying for that storage usage. But with a NAS you can enhance the users experience, utilising features such as back-up, multimedia, surveillance and much more with no on-going cost.

Both services have their pros and cons

Public cloud is readily available, however, it lacks total control, you have terms and conditions that you have agreed to with ownership of your data when you use their service (Next time have a read through the T’s and C’s) if you don’t mind being in a long term storage tenant and opting for a quick and easy solution, it’s quite ideal.

There are a good number of NAS products on the market, depending on what your needs are, some offer a quick storage solution that is easy to access and use and includes your basic run of the mill features while some offer an abundance of applications, such a media streaming services, disaster recovery protocols etc. This also gives you the total ownership over your data with only the initial hardware investment.

If you want to know more about private cloud solutions, hybrid cloud solutions, or find out what solution is best suited for you, feel free to contact our sales team on: 09 444 8448 or email at Sales@vst.co.nz

High Performance Online Storage Solution

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Don’t Let Budget Compromise Performance

 

With digital content on the rise the movies are moving towards the 4K and photos are being taken in higher resolutions. With the increase in these parameters, the ‘need for speed’ in storage is quickly becoming a critical factor when choosing what storage gear to use. People in the designing, video editing industry (graphic designers, content designers, animators and designers of all scales) often run in to the problem that is the constantly growing data size that the single HDD/SSD in their PC’s are struggling to cater for, forcing them to run an external storage device.

One major concern when picking an external storage device for applications such as real time online storage, is how quickly can they access their data? obviously they don’t want to wait forever for an important file to transfer. With the availability of the Thunderbolt connections, users can now have access to a 10/20Gb direct attached storage speeds, however, the catch is that it’s still bottle-necked by the throughput on a single HDD. Each Hard Drive has a maximum throughput, so even if you have a 10/20Gb Thunderbolt connection running, a single or two HDD’s will have its speed capped, to help give you a better understanding of what we are talking about, we have done a speed test and you can see the comparison in performance between HDD and SSD.

Also most Thunderbolt storage devices come pre-assembled with Hard Drives so there isn’t a lot of options that give you the freedom to choose what goes in the device, these can also be quite costly. We understand these products may not be budget friendly and might not be desirable for every project, this is where the Stardom ST2-TB and ST4-TB comes in handy.

Already well known in the designing industry, Stardom offers a cost-effective, direct attached storage platform which can cater for the much needed performance without breaking the bank.

ST2 and ST4 offer a 2 bay or 4 bay TB enclosure where users can assemble with traditional 7200RPM HDD in RAID 0 to maximise their performance, or simply upgrade to SSD to increase the throughput.

You can find some testing performance figures on the below chart.

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You may be wondering what these numbers mean. These numbers represent the speeds that each unit populated with hard drives’ speed when writing and reading data compared to the unit’s when populated by the SanDisk X400 SSD’s.

A traditional 4k movie size is around 160gigabytes, putting it into more understandable terms, when using hard drives you could transfer a 4K movie file in 5 minutes and 33 seconds roughly for the ST4-TB, and 10 minutes and 15 seconds for the ST2-TB.

When using the SanDisk X400 SSD’s, a 4K movie can be transferred in 4 Minutes and 7 seconds for the ST4-TB and for the ST2-TB 4 minutes and 30 seconds, a considerable time difference between the two.
Sandisk is a well known flash storage company in the designing industry which was recently acquired by the leading hard drive manufacturer WD, both the companies have a long history of success and proven to deliver on results.

The Sandisk X400 SSD is where high performance meets high reliability. Offering quick responsiveness, high reliability and low power for a seamless experience, backed by a 5 year warranty period, making this the ideal solution for heavy workloads such as video and photo editing, multitasking or office productivity. With 540 read and 520 write.*
But what does this mean for your workflow? it means you won’t be waiting around for long periods of time waiting for your important files to load to edit or save, so you can get more done faster.

So we know the speeds are great, but what are a few other handy features?

St2-TB

The ST2-TB holds up to 16TB of data.

It’s portable so you can take it onsite, anywhere.

The 3mm thick aluminium casing provides durability.

Combined with Thunderbolt 2 technology. It’s fast. and reliable.

Perfect for creative and highly mobile professionals.

ST4-TB

The ST4-TB holds up to 32TB of data.

Portable and small with a handle so its not awkward to carry.

Convenient. Import your data on location.

Sleek design, built tough and durable.

Makes editing faster and more responsive than ever before.

for all inquiries for the stardom range or if you want to know more, contact one of our sales team today!