Do I Need a Server or Network Storage?
Nowadays, when every one of us creates an enormous amount of content, basically, on daily basis it’s important to figure out if you require a home server or network storage or nothing at all.
Are you a photographer or video producer?
From my own experience, photographers & video producers do require a significant amount of disk space to store their photos & videos. Normally, they would be recommended to get a network storage (NAS) with a minimum 2 TB disk drives in a mirror mode (2x2TB disk drives in network storage mirrored one to another, giving 2TB disk space in total and a full duplication of one disk to another, so, if one disk fails, there is another one with a full copy of photos & videos. You can then buy a replacement disk and network storage will replicate the data across).
One of the options to consider for NAS is Synology (DS216se 2 Bay NAS for example). This type of NAS does have a built in a number of applications and one of them is Google Drive (you can easily backup data from NAS to Google Drive) and also Glacier (backup to Amazon server). Besides, you can setup a remote access to your NAS which will turn it to your personal cloud!
It’s highly recommended to also get an external drive (2TB) and setup a local daily backup from NAS to external drive. The last thing for backup option would be to setup a cloud replication of your photos to Google or Amazon, this will allow keeping you photos & videos offsite, which means if your place gets burnt down or something else and your NAS and external drive are damaged without any recovery options, then Offsite backup will help to restore all data.
Are you a graphic designer, web designer, developer or running a small business from home office?
This will apply to most of the people and small businesses. For those who don’t work with photos, video or large size files, I would recommend sticking with Cloud-based storage options such as Google Drive (part of G Suite package), One Drive (part of Office 365 package) and DropBox.
Cloud-based storage would allow you to share files with your colleagues or family, sync the files across all devices and have an offsite backup. The cloud disk space can also be easily extended to any amount that you would require for an extra per month.
Who needs a server?
Well, this is a good question.
Mostly, only businesses which do require to transfer large size files from computers to centralised location, plus, those files must be available to others almost immediately. These requirements would be easily met if the Internet speed limits wouldn’t be that limited for most of the businesses and there would be an option to have a virtual server setup instead of having a physical server on site. Normally, most of the offices and homes are equipment with ADSL, and the Internet speed limit is a joke – 20mbps download and up to 1mbps upload, however, in a real life, it’s around 15/0.5mbps. This doesn’t allow to upload large size files, well it does, but will take a while, and when you have a few upload simultaneously from a few computers your internet connection will be flat out.
Normally, most of the offices and homes are equipment with ADSL, and the Internet speed limit is a joke – 20mbps download and up to 1mbps upload, however, in a real life, it’s around 15/0.5mbps. This doesn’t allow to upload large size files, well it does, but will take a while, and when you have a few upload simultaneously from a few computers your internet connection will be flat out.
The last requirement for having a server onsite is the software. Such industries as real estate would require having REST software running and it requires a Windows based server.
Not producing a lot of large size files? go with Cloud-based storage like Google Drive, One Drive or DropBox. If you’re running a photography or video production business – get a NAS. Running a real estate business or your software require having a server onsite – get the server (but check, if you don’t need to transfer a lot of information, you may just need to get a virtual server – it may save you some money on setup and maintenance).
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