There is many network attached storage units on the market, however if you are in photo/music/video editing industry you may appreciate what Qnap has in their offer.
To start your journey with a proper NAS you need to make a list of features which you are going to use. I wouldn’t worry about the storage size as yet, this for some can be achieved even with 2bay systems as we can get drives with 12-14TB flavours so this should not be a consideration however to get appropriate NAS for our projects we need to know how big our live projects are and then find a suitable NAS which will not only offer standard 3.5” disk intake but also some space to utilise SSD drives as well as cache. In terms on memory size (RAM), I would suggest to go with anything over 16GB, more RAM is available, applications would be accessed with ease.
In terms of processors (CPU power), I would really recommend something with i5 or i7 processors (if you are looking for video editing NAS). If you deal with photos or music, the i3 CPU or equivalent will be alright.
Other important aspect is usability and access to our unit, I would recommend to search for box with Thunderbolt connectivity as well as 10Gbe as this is a standard for video editing and even if you are not there yet, it is a great time to start upgrading your network, here I would like to point that if you don’t have 10Gbe equipment yet, try to get everything with base-t (known also as RJ45) port, not the SFP+ as you may have troubles accommodating it within your current IT hardware.
The winner in that category is Qnap TVS-1282T3 with i7 processor and 64GB of RAM, this unit will take 8x 3.5” drives, 4x 2.5” SSDs and can utilise 2x m.2 SSDs for your cache. It also comes with 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports as well as 2x 10Gbe (T-base) ports and 4x 1Gbe ports if you need to access data using older equipment. It has 5x USB 3.0 ports (1x on front, 4x at the rear) to allow you to connect any external USB3.0 devices you may have.
You can purchase that unit at SPAN.COM with very short lead time and you can get them even pre-configured with drives.
Here is the links to the product:
Do not forget to put special code at the checkout which will give you special discount for these as well as all products on span.com website, that code is: lucasokrasiak
More about the box can be read on manufacturer website here: Qnap TVS-1282T3
On other note I would like to apologise that I didn’t made any new posts recently, I was busy with current projects and I felt it will be only fair to fill you out with the progress. In future I will be planning to share with you case studies I’m doing with my clients.
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