Being an Editor here at Custom PC Review, I’m constantly in need of lots of mass storage. At CES 2017, I took over 1,000 14-bit RAW images using a Nikon D800 camera which generated files somewhere between 40MB-45MB each. After exporting them, another set of images are then created which take less, but still require quite a significant amount of storage space. Tack that onto 50Mbps 1080p video along with the thought of possibly doing 4K video down the road and the need for lots of reliable storage quickly adds up.
Of course, the easy solution is to throw a couple hard drives into your PC because that’s cheap and easy, but I also wanted the data [...]
Years ago, not many people owned their own NAS storage solutions. Gigabit Ethernet at the time was a luxury not many people enjoyed, NAS units were horrendously slow, software was generally crappy and decent NAS units were usually very, very expensive. Over the past couple years however, the market has changed quite substantially. NAS units have come down in price, performance is up, and software has become quite good. This in turn has driven tons of growth in the NAS industry with many, many people now opting to keep their precious videos, photos, music, documents, and other important data on their NAS devices.
Nearly a year ago, I reviewed the Synology DiskStation DS212 and at the time I wasn’t very familiar with just how far NAS units have come these days in terms of software and features. Unlike NAS units of the past, NAS units of today are filled to the brim with features and are better considered as servers rather than what their name, Network Attached Storage, implies.
Today, we’ll be reviewing both the Synology DiskStation DS213+ and the QNAP TS-269 Pro 2 bay NAS units. These are small business oriented NAS units, which means they’ll be right at home running web servers and database servers, but they’ll still do the typical NAS [...]
QNAP® Systems, Inc. today officially launched its latest business-class TS-x69L series Turbo NAS. The new TS-x69L series, available in 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8-drive versions, is powered by a high performance dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor, equipped with 1GB DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to 3GB optionally. With support for SATA 2.5″, 3.5″ HDD and SSD up to 4TB, and with dual USB 3.0 ports for high-speed backup, the TS-x69L NAS series is compatible with Microsoft Windows OS, Linux/UNIX, and the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and provides the levels of performance and high-capacity storage required by SMB users.
The TS-x69L series is equipped with [...]
I can’t say I’ve done reviews on every NAS unit out there, but I’ve had my fair share of experiences with them. Previously, we’ve taken a look at the home oriented 2 bay Synology DS212, which is a great home oriented NAS unit perfect for those home users who need a storage unit with some sort of redundancy built in. Then, we took a look at the SOHO oriented 4 bay Qnap TS-419P II, which was a fantastic, well priced NAS unit with plenty of features designed for those who want more versatile redundancy options offered with a 4 bay NAS unit such as RAID 5 or RAID 10.
Naturally then, today we’re going to review something a [...]
Paranoid of losing your precious data? Want to share large files across multiple computers? Windows shared folders not working out for you? Then a NAS unit is probably what you need. These days, NAS units are the epitome of share-ability and security, and have many other appealing characteristics such as low power consumption, easy to use software, and silent operation. Although they are often costly and look as appealing as a nail stuck on your desk, you’ll be glad you invested in one when your desktop hard drive decides to kick the bucket along with 3 years of your data.
That however, is not to say that NAS units can’t [...]