Synology DS1019+ NAS – Guide Part 4 – VMs, CCTV and CRM Systems

Synology DS1019+ NAS Guide to Surveillance, VMs and Downloads

With the release of the already hugely popular DS1019+ NAS Drive from Synology, it is worth highlighting that is one of the most proficient and powerful network storage devices for home and small business users of 2019. Despite this popularity, for many users, the Synology DS1019+ diskstation is likely to be their first real experience of a NAS drive and despite its similarity to a desktop computer, the setup and use of a Synology NAS and DSM (diskstation manager) may be a little intimidating. Fear not, as it’s actually really user-friendly and I’ve created a whole bunch of guides to help you get to grips with your new piece of hardware. This guide is to help you get the most from your new NAS drive.

DS1019+ NAS – Surveillance

The DS1019+ Synology NAS drive, aside from being great for backups, media playback, home and business use, it ALSO works as a comprehensive and fully featured Surveillance tool. With every NAS, including the DS1019+, You receive a copy of Surveillance Station and 2 camera licences. This is an award-winning and business class CCTV tool and one used by some big, big companies worldwide.

The video below breaks down the basics of Synology surveillance station for the DS1019+ NAS drive, ranging from the installation and setup of the software to the process of adding compatible IP Cameras for NAS and scheduled patrol patterns.

Another couple of cool feature of surveillance station on the DS1019+ NAS for NVR users are LIVE CAM and Live Broadcast.

DS1019+ NAS – Virtual Machines

A virtual machine should be almost identical to that of its physical counterpart when it comes to day to day use. The idea of using a NAS drive as a means of creating a virtual computer that can be accessed via the network or the internet is not a new thing, however it is only now in 2019 with the growth of affordable 10Gbe and more powerful as hardware arriving at consumers, that the idea of a NAS that is designed for an ideal virtual machine environment has become more desirable.  In order to fully take advantage of virtual machines on a NAS, one should remember that you can choose between using NAS brands own first-party application (such as Docker or Synology Virtual Machine Manager) or it can support third-party applications (such as Citrix, Windows Server and VMware). The choice is yours and which you want to use will largely dictate the kind of NAS you should be buying. It is important to now that the DS1019+ NAS does support link aggregation and therefore you will be accessing the virtual machine you create at that top speed with that setup if you choose to.

What is a Virtual Machine? How do I put one on my NAS? and what are the Pros and Cons

DS1019+ NAS – CRM Systems to Install

If you are using the Synology DS1019+ NAS for business use, then chances are that you will want to look into a decent customer relationship manager (CRM) to keep track of everything from existing orders and sales campaigns, to contact information and notes on clients. Almost all NAS drives arrive with a comprehensive Content Management System (CMS), but whereas a CMS handles data in a very machine-friendly way, a CRM is designed in a much more human way and are popular among customer service industries to stay on top of customer relations and optimize their conversions. Although Synology does not include a CRM system in their line up of applications on DSM for the DS1019+, it does arrive with the ability to install, three different popular CRM systems in their app store. These are free to install, though some have a timed trial, whereas others have limitations to their free versions.I genuinely encourage you to check these out, as a decent CRM is the backbone of all good companies that deal with the public in one form or another,

SugarCRM on your DS1019+ NAS

Sugar is an easy-to-use customer relationship management (CRM) platform, designed to help your business share sales information, close deals and keep customers happy. Small, medium-sized and large businesses can all use Sugar to manage sales, marketing and support to boost sales productivity.

vtigerCRM on your DS1019+ NAS

vtiger CRM is a free, fully-featured open source CRM solution with low-cost, reliable product support. vtiger CRM offers seamless integration between pre-sales and post-sales activities in a single application. Users can make use of different features like Campaign Management, E-mail Marketing, Online Lead Forms and Product Management specifically useful for organization-wide marketing requirements.

Odoo 8 on your DS1019+ NAS

Odoo is an open source comprehensive suite of business applications including Sales, CRM, Project management, Warehouse management, Manufacturing, Accounting and Human Resources.

The Synology DS1019+ NAS – VERDICT

There is no denying that the Synology DS1019+ NAS bears a striking resemblance with that of the DS918+ released in 2017. Featuring internal hardware that is near enough identical, the same NVMe SSD cache and same ports and connections, the DS1019+ is not a suitable upgrade for those who already own the DS918+ NAS. Nevertheless, with an impressive price point for an additional media bay of storage, as well as being a much more capable follow-up to the DS1517+ (with much higher and improved internal performance too), the Synology DS1019+ NAS is a great release that although appears to tread on the toes of the DS918+, is definitely a NAS to buy in 2018 and 2019. With that internal hardware, 3 years of warranty and support of everything you need in a modern NAS, this is another great release from Synology.
  • Dual M.2 cache
  • High Availability
  • Excellent choice of Apps
  • Snapshot Replication
  • Support Plex
  • Virtualization
  • 4K Video transcoding
  • FHD Plex Transcoding
  • Hot-Swap trays
  • DLNA Compliant
  • Expandable
  • RAM upgradable
  • No Copy button
  • Only 1Gbe Ethernet ports
  • No PCIe slots
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      4 thoughts on “Synology DS1019+ NAS – Guide Part 4 – VMs, CCTV and CRM Systems

      1. My cell phone camera is always recording. I can’t manage to record only when there is movement. Is there a possibility to set up video surveillance with an old smartphone and then only record when there is movement?

        Above all, the mobile phone gets hot when continuously recording and the battery is also drained, even when it is connected to the mains plug.