Off the shelf

APC Australia - - Feature -

Well, that was all a lot of ef­fort, wasn’t it? Surely cap­i­tal­ism can pro­vide an eas­ier so­lu­tion? Damn right. Off-the-shelf NAS op­tions are avail­able in droves, and pro­vide a level of ease, func­tion­al­ity and slick­ness that’d be akin to the low lev­els of fric­tion you’d find be­tween di­hy­dro­gen monox­ide and a mal­lard’s back. We’d cer­tainly point you in the di­rec­tion of QNAP and Synol­ogy — both of­fer a range of solid NAS sys­tems, with very flex­i­ble web-con­trolled soft­ware and other sim­ple re­mote man­age­ment op­tions. You’ll be able to man­age your NAS from any web browser or your smart­phone.

At the low end, drives are typ­i­cally of­fered in sin­gle-, dual- and quad-bay de­signs, with var­i­ous pro­ces­sor, net­work, video-out and ex­pan­sion op­tions. Mov­ing up the lev­els, you hit eight-bay mod­els, with Core i7 pro­ces­sors, up to 64GB of sys­tem mem­ory, dual 10GB net­work­ing and be­yond.

Of course, part of the rea­son for run­ning this ar­ti­cle is the do-ity­our­self op­tion. Take an old pro­ces­sor and moth­er­board, link up a bunch of drives, and you can ef­fec­tively build your own NAS box. Low-power Core i3 pro­ces­sors pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­tion and all the Quick Sync transcod­ing grunt you could need for most sit­u­a­tions.

Save a lot of time and buy an off-the- shelf so­lu­tion.

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