Cloud Storage or Local Server - The Best of Both


Cloud
computing is the biggest buzzword in business today, and for good reason too.
The cloud provides many a new-found freedom to do and achieve more than ever
before. Greater collaboration, unlocking work possibilities in new locations
and often reducing costs provides a healthy boost for many companies.




The cloud provides many a new-found freedom to do and achieve more than ever before.



Every business
is unique however, and cloud solutions don't fit for every scenario. Connection
issues, internet plans, or technical requirements can rule it out as an option
in some instances. In these situations, we might install a Network Attached
Storage (NAS) solution instead. Which is a very small server with lots of hard
drives.




A NAS is particularly popular in small, mid-sized businesses, and even home environments. Due to their low power consumption, small footprint, and low cost, they often represent an ideal upgrade. Power users and businesses can enhance their networks and get more out of their systems by employing a NAS device to do the heavy lifting.




Reliable, Fast Access




When a
property can’t achieve lightning fast internet speeds or services aren't
reliable enough to run a business on; a NAS solution is ideal for the job —
serving files locally rather than from a remote server can save vast amounts on
uploads and downloads.




Many of the benefits
of the cloud can be created locally inside your home or office. Network storage
allows you to save and retrieve files from multiple devices with fast local
network speeds. Rather than being limited by the speeds offered by your ISP;
you can complete file transfers, backups, and sharing at the speed of the
hardware you purchase yourself.

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Streamline Digital Media Storage with NAS


Many businesses rely on digital media (photographers, designers, and real estate agents come to mind). Needing photos and videos leads to the headache of handling portable storage devices. A nice solution is to use network-attached storage (NAS).




So, why is it good for a business to go the NAS route? Network-attached storage gives all networked computers access to storage in one centralized location.




Network-attached storage gives all networked computers access to storage in one centralized location.



The Current Situation




Many creative occupations require working with large file sizes. Storing a large, unedited video file or photoshoot files in one place is challenging. A typical MacBook offers only 256 GB of storage (and one project can take up 50 GB), so files go on portable storage.




In some studios, all you see is stacks of external storage drives and thumb drives or SD cards lying about. Tracking down a previous project or design involves sorting through many storage options. It’s annoying and time-consuming.




Relying on external storage is also risky. These devices are prone to failure if the plug-in mechanism is damaged or the device is dropped. External hard drives can also get damaged by static electricity, overheating, or water. They’re easy to lose, too!

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