Whether you are a video, photo, article writer and music creator, having a lot of data being shared with multiple people is really a pain to deal with, just as if you have started to work on or collaborate with someone.
As you are growing, you tend to work with a lot of people, and have probably will, work with a team or with a friend on a certain project, and that involves data shared between multiple users and computers. You don’t go on the tradition and copy that entire thing from one place to another with the use of a USB flash drive or an removable external hard drive – that’s so 2005, and slow.
Now, with the technology first being seen on large enterprises scaling down and being targeted down to the most simplistic approach, it is starting to get easier to apply these techniques to smaller applications such as homes, small and medium businesses, thus, promoting collaboration between multiple people on a project further than before.
With that said, here are the five (5) reasons on why content creators should get themselves a NAS:
Imagine having your data accessible by multiple users at once? Yes, that’s possible with a network attached storage (NAS). In simple words, a NAS is a centralized storage solution which connects to your own network (home, office) through your router, and enabling everybody connected on the network to connect to it at the same time. This is ideal for multiple people collaborating on a single or multiple projects at once, since they might need the same file for editing in real-time.
A NAS also acts as your own file server, and if configured correctly, could be accessed anywhere if it is connected to the internet constantly. Take it wherever you go, connect it to a wired/wireless router and you’re good to go.
On our application, we are now getting ourselves the benefit of multiple people editing an article at the drafting stage, efficiently able to correct commented parts and noting essential edits to be made prior to publication.
Of course, having multiple people to access your file server seems a bit worrisome, isn’t it? Worry no more, because most NAS solutions nowadays, even the open source OS for NAS, comes with user account control permissions, to enable restrictions between a user, and his ability to just access the directories he/she is meant to and not access those he/she isn’t.
Most NAS operating systems also do come with built-in security features that protects your files not only from unauthorized access from the outside, but also malwares and other adverse happenings that could affect the rest of your files from the inside, making your file server a reliable one, in which we’re talking on to the next bullet.
Believe it or not, most NAS solutions are designed for endurance, meaning that like any file server would be, they are designed to operate 24×7, to be available and always-on anytime, and operating between close proximity with other hardware.
With the right hard drives such as NAS-optimized ones (i.e. Seagate IronWolf NAS drives), you make sure that your precious projects or files are protected, with most of them being rated at 5-10 years of continuous operation at close proximity with other drives vibrating, which most other drive models don’t have. Drive manufacturers also back their NAS-designed drives with Data Recovery services, which is essential if you use your server as a backup, but eventually fails due to it reaching its lifespan or whatnot.
To add, most NAS solutions also come with RAID configurations (RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, but nowadays ‘I’ stands for ‘independent’). Those configurations, with 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, or even JBOD, being most known, are designed to protect your data using multiple disks in case of a drive failure. We aren’t explaining much anything about RAID here, but here’s a good read for you to learn more about RAID, and how will it help you to protect your precious data.
Synology also came up with their own solution for RAID, which I personally like to use on our NAS (since our NAS is from Synology). It enables you to use multiple drives, even at different sizes, to build an array, optimize for the best space available and performance. Learn more about Synology Hybrid RAID here.
Buying a NAS-optimized drive will give you the best performance you can have in your server’s read and write speeds. If you can, there’s some solutions out there that uses SSD (solid state drives) as cache, enabling you to utilize SSD-like speeds on reading the most frequent files you use. Setting your NAS up with the right hardware (i.e. Gigabit connectivity through gigabit router, SSDs for cache and proper network cables), you’ll achieve speeds which are on par or close to your drives when they are plugged in on your computer.
Some NAS do offer flexible options about connectivity, and do have dual LAN/RJ45 ports to connect on, enabling you to do load balancing or connect multiple clients (usually 2) at the same time.
You’ll love it
With the four main reasons applied, you’ll surely love your new solution which will surely enhance your workflow as a content creator. And as we do believe as content creators ourselves, having your data conveniently is a luxury that everyone should have. And since solutions from makers such as Synology and Seagate simplify the job that was once complicated, having the luxury of a network attached storage of your own, once found on large enterprises and companies, are now landing down to your fingertips. It may be a bit expensive, but it is a worthwhile investment in making your data conveniently available, secure, reliable, a performer in your work and being loved not only by you but also your team.
BONUS: Of course, as a centralized storage, you can use your new file server as a centralized backup for all of your files – you can even automate it if you want! 🙂
For starters, we would recommend an easy solution wit 2-drive bays, such as Synology’s DS218j and DS218+, paired with Seagate’s IronWolf NAS drives, for the best performance and reliability of a NAS. That setup will include all the features that we have at most, and will be able to support a large size of storage, until, your needs grows and you have to shift to a bigger solution.
This article is a part of our series called: “The journey to storage revolution: Network Attached Storage (NAS)”, sponsored by Synology and Seagate.