So, now you have sufficient backups in place (Synchronized REGULARLY) you should now think about how the new additions to your Photography arsenal can be put to good use. Firstly, your NAS. It's more than just a backup Solution. As mentioned in the previous chapters, it can be everything from a work and communication network within your business, to a simple means to work poolside and stay on top with your iOS iPad or Android phone! The options are limitless. Even if your NAS is small, you can always think BIG! Take a look at some of the smaller Network Attached Storage devices available that are packed with features for you and your business:
With powerful 2-Bay NAS devices like the ones above, it makes you wonder what the 4-8 bay units are capable of at professional and enterprise level. Well, why wonder? Here are 3 for the most powerful mid range NAS units currently available and if your Photography or videography network attached storage needs require multi-user access simultaneously and using the NAS itself as a stand-alone PC, then just take a look below:
Finally, Now you are working out your new set up internally (Importing, Exporting, Backing up, Archiving, etc) you should now put some thought into external operations. All of the NAS units mentioned are perfectly suited to distributing your work as effectively as possible but think beyond that. Perhaps there are several members of staff in your operation, all working simultaneously, all working and sharing their work. What if, whilst backing up online, you had the ability to effective run the digital operations of your photographic, video, or indeed any business all from a NAS machine. Take a look below at the best of the best in VMWare (Virtual Machine), Citrix (Virtual Desktop) and Microsoft® Hyper-V (Datacenter level Virtualisation).
QNAP TVS-EC1080+-E3-32GB Xeon Core Quad, 32GB RAM, 10GBe, 256mSATA SSD, Multi User own OS Virtual Machine
Netgear ReadyNAS 4220 Intel Xeon Quad-Core, 8GB RAM, 10GBe, Multi-Layered VM, iSCSI support and vSphere™/Hyper-V™ certification
Once again, we cannot stress this enough - Don't forget your Hard Drives! When it comes to selecting your drives, you should always be mindful of your Storage environment. The majority of modern hard drives are now tailor made for specific storage tasks. So, dependant on whether you intend to access them often, have them on for days at a time, or just to sync too sporadically (not recommended) then here is our breakdown of the best drives available. Each was selected to not only cover a specific Storage Environment, but also as the best balance of Capacity vs Speed vs Price in their field.
Last but not least, don't forget that we at SPAN.COM can physically build your NAS device, install the latest available firmware, setup your RAID before shipping and perform numerous diagnostic tests in advance before shipping your order at no additional cost. Our "SpanStor Build & Test" service comes highly recommended and is the perfect way to ensure you recieve your Network Attached Storage order, ready to go out of the box!
Pro Tip - Don't forget that a NAS is like a Windows PC or OS X Mac when it comes to specifications and potential. The more RAM (Random Access Memory) and the higher GHz (Gigahertz) and Cores the CPU has, the more it can handle. So always factor this in when making your choice.