NAS – Networked Attached Storage

In Gear Review by Patrick

Every photographer should know the mantra 3-2-1 backup. Three copies of the backup, 2 different locations and 1 should be offsite. The trick is how to obtain this automatically. I did a post awhile back and I have been getting a lot of questions about the NAS component of the backup so I thought I would provide a bit more info on the unit I chose. First and foremost, this is a RAID system. Ok, what is RAID? This is simply and acronym for redundant array of independent disks. In English, this simply means that you have more than one drive in a single unit. The benefits of this are that if one drive fails, the other disk or disks have the backups. Redundancy!

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This unit that I chose was the ioSafe 214. The ioSafe 214 is a fireproof and waterproof, network connected, multi-drive NAS/RAID storage device for terabytes of your precious pictures and data. Designed to be the center of your private cloud, the ioSafe 214 is powered by a Synology DSM motherboard and operating system. It allows for fast access on your local network and remote access from nearly any device connected to the internet – all secured and protected by you. The private cloud was a huge selling point for me. Being able to access my pictures anywhere in the world with an internet connection through the use of their apps is pretty amazing.

Synology Apps

In addition to the fast local access (up to 100 MB/sec), I have all my data in one spot. Fast when you’re local and accessible when you’re remote with just about any smartphone, tablet or computers. An unlimited amount of data storage and accessibility with none of the vulnerabilities and high fees of the public cloud. Another feature that is worth the price of the unit is theft protection. First – be creative. You can make this device a part of your wireless network and hide it anywhere inside your house or workplace. Hide it as you might a small safe. Additionally, a Kensington lock slot is standard. An Optional Floor Mount / Padlock Kit will enable the ioSafe 214 to bolt down to any surface or be secured with a cable & padlock. Securing the drive also prevents the drive from moving during a disaster.

Now, having mentioned all this, it does take some knowledge to set up as this is definitely not plug and play technology. The good news is their customer service is phenomenal and they even have a download where they can remote in on your desktop if needed. Overall, this has provided peace of mind that my files are automatically backed up on the external drive —> NAS —> off site location. Peace of mind.

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