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How to Cure Your File Storage Growth Pains With a NAS?



File servers used to be a way for users to share information within the organization, typically within the same building. Businesses of all sizes use Windows File Server or Public Cloud Storage to meet this requirement. Times, however, have changed and the need to collaborate continues to increase encompassing more users and locations. Traditional file servers can no longer keep pace with these demands.

Traditional File Servers Are Not Good Enough
The most common file server solutions available on the market are Windows File Server and Public Cloud Storage. Both have their drawbacks.

A Windows File Server does not provide native offsite access. Forcing users through a virtual private network (VPN) to a centralized server can significantly slow down performance. In addition, this does not always deliver maximum security. Collaboration among colleagues also becomes difficult. In addition, sharing files with third parties is difficult, because email attachment has a size limitation.

Public Cloud Storage might seem like a very good idea at this point. However, such services often have a high subscription fee attached to them. In addition, there is no integration between Public Cloud Storage and Windows File Server, forcing users to maintain two copies of the same file.

Performance is increasingly a critical element in file server consideration, both to meet user expectations and the very real demands of applications that interact with network shares. The cloud, however, causes a challenge in meeting this very requirement of next-generation file servers – high performance. In addition, with any cloud storage proposition, you will be letting a third party hold all your data.

Why Synology’s NAS Solutions?
Today, you can use a Synology NAS to cure your capacity, backup, and DR pain, while meeting compliance requirements and saving IT budget. Synology’s NAS appliance delivers a wide range of features, including, ease of use and deployment, extraordinary value, and heterogeneous connectivity using common protocols.

By using a wide range of Synology’s NAS solutions, you can use up to 180 drives in total.

In addition, to collaborate and share files across teams or locations while also considering data governance and privacy, Synology combines the flexibility of the cloud with the control of on-premises file services. Synology’s DSM provides fast and secure ways to share your critical digital assets.

By using a wide range of Synology’s NAS solutions, you can use up to 180 drives in total, thus creating petabytes of raw capacity. You can migrate your files along with their domain ACL privilege settings from Windows Server to a Synology NAS. Windows AD (and Azure AD) and LDAP are supported to seamlessly work with mainstream directory services.

Synology’s QuickConnect service allows you to easily access your NAS without the hassle of setting up DNS, IP or port forwarding.

Quick and Easy to Setup:
Synology’s QuickConnect service allows you to easily access your NAS without the hassle of setting up DNS, IP or port forwarding. You can also access your files with mainstream browsers, mobile devices, or via FTP, WebDAV, and SMB.

Synology’s NAS solutions let you keep control of the storage capacity of shared folders by configuring user quota. System operations are well logged with the visual display of historical logs and an advanced search engine to quickly identify an event.

You can save time by letting employees recover accidentally deleted files by themselves with built-in snapshot technology and file versioning. You can also install Directory Server for Windows Domain and turn your NAS into a mixture of file and directory server.

With File Station, you can share files on your Synology NAS to anyone, and customize access permissions for optimal security.

Easily Share Files Across Multiple Platforms:
With File Station, you can share files on your Synology NAS to anyone, and customize access permissions for optimal security. File Station makes it easy to share files across multiple platforms — whether it’s Windows, macOS, and Linux computers or mobile devices.

With File Station, you can:

  • Share files easily and safely: With one link, you can share files or request file uploads from others. This customizable link allows you to share it to specific users, set a password, and specify its validity period.
  • Access files from anywhere: Explore and organize files using a mobile phone or tablet (Android, iOS and Windows Phone support). Files can even upload to your DiskStation or download to your devices directly.
  • Centralize file access: With remote folders and public cloud storage (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive) mounted to File Station, you can access all remote data as if stored locally.
Synology’s DSM comes with comprehensive support of networking protocols.

Comprehensive Support of Networking Protocols:
Synology’s DSM comes with comprehensive support of networking protocols — FTP, SMB2, SMB3 (encrypted), AFP, NFS, and WebDAV — and provides seamless file sharing across Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. The Recycle Bin feature supported on AFP, SMB, File Station, and WebDAV, allows you to flexibly decide when to permanently remove the files, according to the different rules. With the in-depth integration of macOS Finder, you can use Finder to quickly search the content of indexed documents, photos, and more within mounted folders on your Synology NAS.

Presto File Server transfers massive files through a long distance in high-speed.

Transfer of Massive Files Made Easy:
You also get the ability to use Presto File Server for your file serving needs. Presto File Server transfers massive files through a long distance in high-speed by making the best use of your purchased bandwidth, transforming your Synology NAS into a speedy file transfer portal.

The Presto File Server offers the following advantages:

  • Speedy: The SITA technology ensures maximum usage of Internet bandwidth by minimizing the impact of high latency and packet loss rate have on file transfer.
  • Secure: Presto protects your credentials with TLS/TCP and secures file transfer with AES-128 encryption.
  • Simple: Presto features intuitive user experience with the full support of Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms.
The Universal Search feature provides fast, accurate, and global search into your Synology NAS.

Accurate Searches:
The Universal Search feature provides fast, accurate, and global search into your Synology NAS. With one click, it searches through your multimedia files, DSM applications, help articles, and file contents in Synology Note Station and Synology Office, offering a quick preview of matched items at the same time.

All businesses nowadays face a high demand for fast, global, and stable file exchange with customers and work partners. DSM is your ideal file server solution that provides unified support of FTP, WebDAV, CalDAV, and CardDAV services.

Success Stories

The South Africa Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB).

Synology has worked with a wide range of companies to help them handle and store their data in a much better way. One of Synology’s happy customers includes the South Africa Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity. Synology worked with SAIAB to equip them with Synology’s NAS solutions. This solution allows SAIAB to avail self-service backup and restore features, which maximises data and services’ availability. Overall, the intuitive and easy-to-use user interface greatly reduced the training required.

Andrew Grant, the IT Systems Administrator at the South Africa Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, said, “Synology Drive introduced an unprecedented level of flexibility and control to our everyday file access. A single set of files can be retrieved via mapped network drive, sync client, web portal or mobile app. Most of the employees are in and out of the office all the time, yet they can rest assured that their data is accessible and up to date. All of these come with Synology’s scalable storage systems without subscription fees.”

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How to Start?
If you are looking to switch over to Synology’s NAS solutions for your file serving needs, click here to get in touch with the company’s distributors and retailers. If you have any questions about Synology or its products and solutions, feel free to contact us at

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14-inch 2021 Laptop Guide: The Top Picks for Your Next Laptop in the UAE



For a long time, the majority of laptops fell into one of three camps. There were 13-inch laptops meant for portability, 17-inch laptops for people who needed large displays, and 15-inch laptops for everyone else! Nevertheless, every now and then some brands would buck the trend with a 14-inch laptop, which provides the portability of an ultra-slim machine with enough screen space to be productive.

Whether you are looking for a laptop for gaming or a creative workstation for content creation or simply an everyday laptop for this back-to-school season, one of the first things you would consider is price and the best possible features. Ideally, the top 14-inch laptops should be packing serious internals and hardware ranging from quality processors to amazing graphic cards while still keeping things nice with a minimalist, thin, and light design, and would not break the bank either. Here, we have rounded up some of the top 2021 14-inch laptops that you could get your hands on in the UAE.

HUAWEI MateBook 14

Display: 14-inch 2K eye-comfort FullView display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i5/i7
Battery and charging speed: 56Wh large battery + 65W SuperCharge
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.49kg Aluminium Alloy
Size: 307.5mm ×223.8mm ×15.9mm

Huawei’s latest all-rounded sleek laptop features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display with a resolution of 2160-by-1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and with support for 100 percent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio and peak brightness of 300 nits. In terms of performance and workload, this 2K all-rounded laptop does not disappoint. The 11th Gen Intel Core Processor powers the HUAWEI MateBook 14 for heavy computing and getting work done smoothly.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products, which Huawei recently launched. This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors like the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable providing you with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 Leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control.

Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the easy swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

Besides aesthetically pleasing designs and high performance, battery life is also an essential part of the user experience. The 56Wh high capacity battery in the HUAWEI MateBook 14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging, but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. Moreover, when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

HP Pavilion 14-DW1002NE

Display: 14-inch display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i7
Battery and charging speed: 40Wh Battery + 45W Express Charge RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.72Kg Metal Body
Size: 324.30mmx 222.80mmx 18.94mm

HP’s Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne comes with a 14-inch touch-screen display with a screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You get to see more content with 178° wide-viewing angles and a vibrant picture. In addition, with touchscreen technology, you can control your PC right from the screen.

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne is fitted with the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for getting things done fast with good performance and stable connectivity. Battery life and charging speeds are key factors when deciding the top laptops available in the market. HP’s Pavilion 14-DW1002NE comes with a 40Wh battery which lasts long.

Meanwhile, the 45W HP’s Express Charge can provide users with 50% bbattery power in approximately 45 minutes. In terms of computing and processing convenience, this laptop comes fitted with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage (SSD) for sleek multitasking. This combination is ideal for running several programs smoothly.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05

Display: 14-inch touch-screen
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Battery and charging speed: 60.7WhBattery + 65WExpress Charge
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 1.36Kg Metal Body
Size: 320.6mm x 208.18mm x 14.9mm

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 comes with a 14-inches touch-enabled display with an FHD+ screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. Edged with razor-thin bezels, the 14-inches display offers stunning clarity, colour, and detail, and 300 nits of brightness. Optimised with machine-learning technologies, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 offers ultra-responsive, intuitive performance in a remarkably thin and light laptop.

When fully charged, Lenovo claims the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 will run all day—for up to 14 hours. In addition, when you need a boost, switch to Intelligent Cooling mode, which is co-engineered with Intel, for an extra 15-20% battery life. Alternatively, there is Rapid Charge Pro, which gets you back to 80% capacity within an hour. The 60.7Wh battery can be charged up to 50 percent in 30 minutes with standby mode or while powered off.

Moreover, with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal memory storage you are guaranteed smooth computing and multitasking regardless of the workload. There are many 14-inch laptops in the UAE market covering a gamut of budgets and use cases. While some can be happy with a system good enough for web surfing, others need a laptop that can handle tasks that are more intensive.

So there you are! The top picks for 14-inch laptops in UAE for 2021. Take your pick.

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Video: Here’s How to Use HUAWEI’s Super Devices to Setup a Smart Office



Technology has evolved in many ways and over the years we have seen how innovative gadgets have become. From smartphones, laptops, and smartwatches, these devices are now part of our daily lives. The past year has also shown us that work isn’t just situated in one place and that contributing factors mean that offices should now be smarter than ever before.

Having multiple devices can be overwhelming and shuffling from one device to another doesn’t always translate to a seamless experience. What if there was a solution that allows different types of devices to connect and collaborate so it can give you a convenient, smooth, and secure multi-device experience – something like a Smart Office experience?

In this video, we show you how to set up your very own Smart Office, using HUAWEI’s Super Devices such as the HUAWEI MatePad Pro with 2nd Gen the HUAWEI M-Pencil, the HUAWEI MateView, and the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro:

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What Do We Know So Far About HarmonyOS, Huawei’s Open-Source Operating System?



With Huawei about to make a major announcement about the future of HarmonyOS, this seems like a good time to take stock of the story so far.

On August 9, 2019, Huawei announced that it had been working on a new operating system called HarmonyOS. During his speech, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer BG, spoke about Huawei’s intention to launch several products running this new OS, and promised that HarmonyOS would be open source.

HarmonyOS will support different types of devices, ranging from household appliances such as range hoods, air conditioners, and water purifiers, to wearable devices, mobile phones, smart cars, computers, and TVs. After more than a year’s iterative update to the OS by Huawei R&D department, the first product running on HarmonyOS 2.0 — the Huawei Vision TV — was launched on September 10, 2020. Two months after that, Huawei made a beta version for phones available to developers.

In terms of the UI, Android users will likely find HarmonyOS familiar and intuitive. They will be able to do the things they are accustomed to doing with their phones in more or less the same way they always have. However, what makes HarmonyOS interesting is the new capabilities it will bring.

With the rapid development of 5G and AI technologies, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is beginning to take shape. However, the IoT market still suffers from fragmentation. Huawei is presenting HarmonyOS as an operating system for the IoE. It allows different devices to connect and share their capabilities with each other.

We know that the moment it appears on phones, HarmonyOS will already be compatible with millions of existing apps. Developers have two major incentives to adapt their Android apps for HarmonyOS. First and foremost, Huawei already has a user base of hundreds of millions of mobile phone users, and many of those users will be able to upgrade to HarmonyOS on their current Huawei phone.

If Huawei’s user base alone is not enough to attract developers, Huawei has also invested $1 billion in Shining Star, a program that offers financial incentives to developers who adapt their apps to run on HarmonyOS. Both the hardware and software end of HarmonyOS is characterized by openness.

In addition to opening up the source code to app developers, Huawei has also invited third-party manufacturers to create HarmonyOS-compatible hardware. Currently, more than 300 app developers and more than 20 hardware vendors have participated in the construction of HarmonyOS ecosystem.

In a recent interview, Wang Chenglu, President of Software Engineering Dept of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that he expected HarmonyOS to be running on 300 million individual devices in 2021. In a different interview in December 2020, he spoke about how Huawei is trying to reduce the workload for developers who choose to adapt their apps for HarmonyOS.

“Developers often spend a lot of time and effort on developing apps for devices in different sizes and different interaction modes. HarmonyOS, however, encapsulates complex operations of different devices into APIs, which developers can use directly. This means developers only need to focus on app development, since UI adaptation will be done automatically by HarmonyOS,” Chenglu added.

Huawei says that HarmonyOS has received strong support from ecosystem partners and developers. “In the future, more ecosystem partners will apply HarmonyOS to ever-increasing variety of devices and innovative apps, making Huawei’s vision of a Seamless AI Life a reality,” the company says.

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