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# 215382 25-Jun-2017 11:02
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Im looking at replacing a server for a customer with a NAS as their usage has changed drastically since the server went in.  They are currently running MS Server 2012 and were running a customer management system off it. They have since moved to a cloud based package for that but are still storing a ton of data on the server.  


At the moment they have 2TB of space but are adding on around 100-150GB of data per month so realistically only have about another 6 months of space left.  


Im thinking since its only for storage and the old servers aging a bit why not just replace it outright.  Im thinking a 4 drive NAS with 2x 4TB drives in it at this stage but room to expand in the future most likely with another 2x 4TB drives. The drives will be mirrored / raided / whatever the NAS supports.  


What I am needing is something that isnt going to crash regularly,  has a good backup system, ideally an incremental backup system.  That can support backing up different sets of folders on alternate days - we have 10x 2TB USB  hard drives at the moment which we will keep using for the backups - the data can be easily split as one folders photos, ones videos.  I wouldnt mind some sort of cloud based backup chucked into the works either - they are on 100/100 UFB.  


If it has a music system built in all the better but by no means a deal breaker - they have a large music collection stored on the existing server.  


Hard drive wise whats worth looking at these days?  I have traditionally used Seagate drives but got quite burnt on their whole 3TB drive fiasco a few years ago.  I see Seagate have ironwolf drives for NAS's, are these any good?  


One thing I dont want is the whole system to grind to a halt when doing things like backups - these will most likely be done overnight but you never know!  


User wise they will have upto 6 people using it at once but its really only for storage rather than them working off it constantly - mainly come into the office, transfer the photos/videos then out of the office.  Dont need any sort of remote access at this stage.  

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  # 1806330 25-Jun-2017 11:15
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Everybody will have their own opinions on which is best. I run the following and have had zero issues since putting it in. It just works and never have to go near it.


I populated mine with 4 8tb reds in raid 5 , it gives me plenty of redundancy and space. Lot of apps you can install on it for everything you could imagine.


Anyway this is mine and I would recommend it.

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  # 1806341 25-Jun-2017 11:41
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+ 1 for the QNAP.


I have several customers who use primarily cloud services but map a drive to a QNAP NAS for local storage.


I've found them to be reliable and stable.  I've had occasional firmware issues after an update but the usual caution applies, don't be the first to install a new firmware update.  Also, be sure to install drives designed for a NAS (WD RED for example).


Synology also make good NAS's but my preference is for QNAP.


EDIT:  There is also an app available to backup to Azure storage which you may find useful.


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  # 1806345 25-Jun-2017 11:59
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I was pretty decided on either a QNAP or Synology.  Just wasnt really sure what was better.  I'll take a good look on PB's website later on today and see whats what.  

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  # 1806483 25-Jun-2017 16:56
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I was pretty decided on either a QNAP or Synology.  Just wasnt really sure what was better.  I'll take a good look on PB's website later on today and see whats what.  



I think you'll find those that recommend QNAP over Synology and vice versa do it based on personal preference. Both provide a good product and generally seem to respond fairly quickly when the other offers a new feature. My only recommendation would be to spend the bit extra to get one with a x86 CPU rather than ARM. Otherwise pick a model with the number of drives/bays you need and pull the trigger. 

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  # 1807779 27-Jun-2017 16:36
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I have both Synology(4 bays) and QNAP(5 bays), I like more Synology OS, easy settings, friendly UI, easy to use, everything are easy.

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  # 1809007 29-Jun-2017 15:53
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Ended up getting a Synology DS416 4 Bay.  With a couple of the Seagate 4TB NAS drives. 

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