Synology showcases new mesh router and enterprise data backup solution

Synology Inc., a maker of network-attached storage, video surveillance and networking products, unveiled the company’s latest hardware and software innovations at their annual event Synology 2019 in New York. 

Synology debuted its first mesh Wi-Fi router, MR2200ac, along with the updated Synology Router Manager (SRM) 1.2. Another focus of the event was Synology’s new enterprise-level data protection solution, Active Backup for Business. 

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Synology's first mesh router, MR2200ac, comes with a Qualcomm IPQ4019 quad-core CPU, tri-band Wi-Fi, and the latest version of its operating system SRM 1.2, which includes more granular configurations, such as user profile creation, detailed traffic management, advanced web filters, and whitelisting features aimed at providing tools for users to further understand, monitor and protect their network. The MR2200ac can work alone as a single router or be added to a RT2600ac or additional MR2200ac units to extend Wi-Fi coverage. 

With the integration of third party databases, such as Google Safe Browsing and DNS/IP threat intelligence, home users and IT admins can enjoy a hassle-free yet powerful network management experience, according to the folks at Synology. Additionally, settings and remote management can be operated through both a web interface and a dedicated mobile app—DS router. The mesh router will be available for sale soon; pricing hasn’t been announced.

Synology has also introduced a suite of business data protection applications that allow the company’s network storage to serve as a backup destination for a range of devices and cloud services. Active Backup for Business allows users to perform full backups to protect their Windows computers, VMware virtual machines, and file servers with a single platform. The centralized management allows for configuring and monitoring backups from one place, thus boosting business productivity. 

The software includes features like global deduplication and changed block tracking, which significantly enhance backup efficiency and reduce the need for unnecessary equipment. When incidents occur, Active Backup for Business offers restoration options.

The Active Backup suite also includes two other packages, Active Backup for Office 365 and Active Backup for G Suite, which allow users to back up data stored in Office 365 and G Suite to an onsite Synology NAS and use a centralized console to protect data such as files, mail, contacts, and calendars in the cloud. 

This suite of packages is free for Synology NAS owners, meaning businesses can protect their data without needing to purchase extra licenses.