So yesterday a friend asked me about the possibility of having his own NAS (Network Attached Storage) that he could access from work or out and about. And the answer is yes. I have set up multiple NAS devices for clients and even have one myself and they are all based on Synology products – – NAS is what they do and they are very good at it.
Most of use a cloud in some form offered by others like Dropbox, Sharefile, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc… Having our own would be pretty sweet and a way to do this is with a NAS like my friend wants. After some email discussion and a phone call, my friend finally made some choices for the hardware he wanted to get.
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He is going to get a 2-bay Synology NAS with (2) Western Digital NAS hard drives at 4 Terabytes each so he can do a Mirror (real-time duplication and full redundancy).
Synology NAS and Drives:
4 Terabytes is a bit much for most of us, considering many are probably using the 20gig Google Drive or the free 2gig Dropbox account with room to spare. So what can you do with a NAS or your own cloud?
For your house a NAS can be used as a central media server for music, photos, videos, etc.. or you can set it up as a cloud server to share these items.
For your business you can set it up as a:
- Central file server
- Backup server
- FTP server
- E-Mail Server
- Web Server
- Surveillance Server
- And more…
Pretty versatile little box if you ask me. I use mine as a personal backup server and cloud Sync server that backups up my Dropbox and Google Drive accounts locally and have plans to set it up as a family Photo Stream server – someday when I have time…