Synology BeeStation Review: Private, Sovereign Cloud

Synology BeeStation Review: Private, Sovereign Cloud

The term private cloud refers to a data storage and management environment used exclusively by a single organization. Unlike the public cloud, where computing resources are shared among many entities, in the private cloud resources are dedicated to a single entity, offering greater control and security. Synology BeeStation it is a complete, versatile and flexible device capable of replacing all the most well-known cloud storage services.

When Synology announced the imminent arrival of its new revolutionary BeeStation, we described its main advantages, explaining how the goal was to change the rules of the game, modifying the mechanisms underlying the secure data storage. Professionals and private users often have neither the technical expertise nor the time to configure complex storage and storage solutions. backup of their files.

As explained in the product sheet, Synology BeeStation aims to be immediately usable, from the first connection. The traditional ones server NAS require the purchase of hard disks and SSD drives: BeeStation arrives pre-configured, with a large capacity disco da 4 Terabyte. Furthermore, it introduces the concept of private cloud sovereign: Users’ personal data and confidential information always remain under their exclusive control.

The Synology BeeStation field test: here’s how it works

Now that the product is available for purchase, we wanted to try the features of BeeStation ourselves, with the specific aim of verifying whether the device keeps its promises.

What are the most “popular” requests from users, when it comes to data storage? First of all, free yourself from them cloud subscriptions which become increasingly expensive as the volume of data to be stored increases. In this sense, a device like BeeStation allows you to save data locallywithout spending a cent more in addition to the cost of the device, which can also be purchased from Amazon Europe on offer.

Design Synology BeeStation

Secondly, many users find themselves in difficulty when they have to share files and access remotely to documents and other resources stored within your local network, be it your home, office or company network. Why? Because information sharing and remote access require the opening of one or more ports on the router, it sometimes requires changing the firewall configuration or installing “ad hoc” applications.

BeeStation sweeps away all these complications by offering, just 5 minutes after first turning on the device, two called services BeeFiles e BeePhotos. The first allows you to keep files in one place and access it from anywhere, without having to pay monthly or annual fees for public cloud storage.

BeePhotoson the other hand, is a feature that simplifies the backup automatic Photo from your digital camera and smartphone, directly to BeeStation. This way it is possible make free space valuable on devices. Furthermore, BeePhotos use theartificial intelligence to help users easily find their precious photos and memories using keyword searches.

File Storage: Private Cloud with BeeStation

The first start of BeeStation

As soon as it is started, BeeStation connects to the Synology servers and downloads and installs the firmware more updated. The user does not have to do absolutely anything: the procedure configuration initial is completely automatic. The device then offers a screen for quick access to the features BeeFiles e BeePhotos: by clicking on the blue buttons, a appears in the browser address bar URL can be used to access the BeeStation and the files stored in it wherever you are (obviously also locally).

Synology BeeStation, the home screen

I link Mobile application allow you to download and install the apps to connect remotely with your BeeStation on your Android and iOS devices.

In all cases, access requiresauthentication via username and password or Google/Apple account. In this way, only the user who owns the BeeStation can carry out the secure loginlocally as well as remotely.

By typing theprivate IP address assigned via DHCP to the BeeStation or by accessing the Synology management portal, a screen like the following appears. It shows details about the device and offers a series of wizards for import data from Google Photos, Apple iCloud, other cloud services, a USB stick and other private cloud storage.

Synology BeeStation dashboard

BeeFiles: to store, manage and create backups of files of all types

The workspace integrated into BeeStation that allows you to store files, organize them, share them and create folder backups of devices, cloud accounts and external drives is called BeeFiles.

Regardless of the operating system installed on each client device, BeeStation per desktop is the program that allows you to open and modify files directly from individual systems connected to a local network or to any other network. The application takes care of communicating with the BeeStation, synchronize data and make them available from any location, even remotely, in an absolutely secure way.

By installing mobile apps, data from BeeFiles they also become accessible from smartphones and tablets. For a collaboration that extends to every type of device.

Both the desktop app and the mobile version emphasize that only files are opened or rendered available offline they consume space on the local device: all the others remain directly accessible, although physically stored on the BeeStation.

BeeStation desktop application

File access and sharing

By default, BeeStation client software shows the progress of upload, download and sync tasks. These indications are reported both in the operating system interface and in the notification area.

BeeStation operating system integration

In Windows, for example the traybar shows the activity carried out by the BeeStation client in real time, offering the list of modified files recently and any notification messages that need attention. The icons at the top right allow, respectively, to open the BeeFiles interface in the Web browser, to go to the local folder used as a reference point for exchanging data with the BeeStation, to access the settings (with the possibility of suspending the synchronization, when necessary).

BeeFiles BeeStation synchronization

By launching the app BeeFiles from a mobile device, you can manage files already present on the BeeStation, upload new ones and share them.

BeeFiles, access from smartphone

The file sharing occurs by generating a link which may possibly have an expiry date and be protected by setting a password.

Condition file BeeStation

The BeeStation web administration panel

The real highlight of the BeeStation is its Web interface: using exclusively the browser, the administrator can check the files stored on the Synology device and take advantage of the powerful search functionality to identify resources of interest by type, name, content and other parameters.

Using the left column, you can check the activities of synchronization in progress with the various computers connected to the BeeStation, create backups of USB drives and other external media, activate the connection with one or more cloud providers. The BeeStation, in fact, is not proposed as a device isolated from the “rest of the world”: it can send and receive data by communicating with platforms such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive e Dropbox.

Interfaccia Web BeeStation

It is interesting to note that by accessing the settings of the BeeStation, then clicking on Advanced settings, Local access, it is also possible to enable direct access to the contents of the storage device via the local network, using the SMB protocol. Your Synology device allows you to set a account localewhich can be used to interface with the BeeStation via the LAN network, from any device that supports it SMB/Samba. The BeeStation will appear as a normal one shared resource in the local network.

Condivisione SMB BeeStation

BeePhotos: Store, organize and search photos with artificial intelligence

The other prominent feature that allows you to run the automatic backup from the Photo from smartphones and cameras it’s called BeePhotos. It is a precious tool, accessible via the Web (via direct connection with the BeeStation) and via app.

BeePhotos helps users to make free space on their mobile devices and makes it easier to find photos and other treasured memories through the use of artificial intelligence and keyword searching.

Photos stored with BeePhots are automatically classified based on the represented objects, faces and other information (including metadata), so that they are…

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