Synology DiskStations Help Research Team in the High Arctic Record, Protect and Share Critical Data on Climate Change

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Synology America Corp. today released a new case study from CANDAC, the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change.

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We believe that CANDAC's research is an integral part of solving the growing climate change issue and we are honored that CANDAC chose Synology products to be part of their important research

Synology America Corp. today released a new case study from CANDAC, the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change. When temperatures can reach 50 degrees below zero and climate change statistics are hanging in the balance, reliable data storage can mean the difference between life and death of a research project. These are the circumstances when CANDAC relies on Synology DiskStations.

In Canada’s high Arctic, a mere 10 degrees from the North Pole, a team of scientists and researchers work from a remote laboratory tracking and analyzing the changes in the planets climate. Using lidars, radars, spectrometers, interferometers, and other instrumentation, researchers at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) near Eureka, Nunavut brave the bitter cold to collect data on atmospheric change in one of the planet’s most affected regions.

Professor James Drummond, Principal Investigator of CANDAC, depends upon Synology NAS server products to help answer some of the planet’s most pressing questions regarding climate change. After looking at different NAS solutions available on the market, Professor Drummond, chose the Synology CS407 for its reliability, RAID capabilities, and a price that fit well within a non-profit research organization’s budget. “We looked for a reliable NAS solution, that was able to work in remote locations and required minimum supervision. We chose Synology because they are actively improving their products, offer an excellent support team and well-developed forums. Cost was also a serious consideration for us,” says Professor James Drummond, Principal Investigator of CANDAC.

For research organizations like CANDAC, undertaking this kind of important project means effectively collecting, distributing, and analyzing data from several dozen different pieces of complex equipment, and this requires a reliable way to store and share the data collections at remote research facilities and worldwide.

With seven CS407s across the network, Yan Tsehtik, CANDAC’s Data Manager was able to easily connect them all and establish a reliable data backup and transfer system. Primarily data is first stored and backed up on two CS407s in Eureka at the PEARL laboratory. Then, it’s transferred via satellite links to three CS407s in Halifax, Nova Scotia for archival. Finally, the data is transferred to two more CS407s in Toronto, Ontario, where the CS407s act as distribution servers so that data may easily be accessible from anywhere by CANDAC scientists. The Toronto location also serves as a backup in case of disaster at one of the other sites.

Recently, CANDAC decided to upgrade the CS407s to the award-winning Synology DiskStation DS409+. With data needs increasing daily, CANDAC is preparing for the future by protecting its valuable research with RAID 5, secure FTP connections, and remote backups. ''Currently, we have about 6TB of raw data. However, we expect that amount will increase dramatically after data processing and quality control,'' says Yan.

As Yan was managing seven Synology systems spread over several thousand miles, rock solid support from the Synology support team was important to keep Yan and the team up and running. When CANDAC began to run low on available capacity on their older 1TB hard drives, Yan undertook the task of upgrading to 2TB drives, which required expanding the RAID 5 volume without losing valuable data or experiencing downtime.

''We contacted the customer support team regarding our problem with RAID 5 volume’s expansion,'' Yan said, ''They fixed the problem and provided us with a detailed explanation of the solution. It was very impressive.''

“We believe that CANDAC’s research is an integral part of solving the growing climate change issue and we are honored that CANDAC chose Synology products to be part of their important research,” says Doug Self, product specialist at Synology America Corp. ''We look forward to seeing how their efforts impact our global decision making around climate change,'' adds Self.

Read the full CANDAC Case Study on Synology’s website: .

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Synology DiskStations are energy efficient, affordable, easy to manage and come fully loaded out of the box with valuable business features and applications. Synology DiskStations are more than just file or backup servers, they are full-featured NAS servers. With remote file sharing, network and remote backup, remote access, web hosting, surveillance system, email server, music and multi-media streaming and more, the Synology DiskStation can replace numerous other devices, while saving money consolidating hardware and eliminating user access license fees.

The award-winning Synology DiskStation line has been recognized worldwide and is a fast growing alternative to PC file servers. Synology DiskStations come in 1, 2, 4, 5 bay units and also feature exclusive expansion enclosures for select models to add an additional 5 bays of storage.

Synology is committed to providing customers with the best possible customer experience. Synology offers 24/7 online support with in-house phone technical support located in Redmond, Washington as well as a wealth of how to articles and guides on the Synology website at .


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Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. develops next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) products for the home and small to medium sized business markets. Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices; Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit for more information.

Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, Synology has a global presence with regional offices in the US (Redmond, Washington) and the UK (London, England).

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