The problem about ever increasing mega-pixel camera counts and media (including HD video) is that the disk space is getting smaller and smaller each day. The added complication is when you have more than one user trying to work on the same set of images at the same time. This becomes an issue with local storage hence the need for networked storage so that you have less issues with trying to sync two or more working sets of raw, tagged, marked-up or processed images. So, the result is that my dual-drive network storage is running out of space and expandability.
Before I go further, “online” storage in my terminology means always-on, but it’s on the local network, not in the cloud or on the internet. Keeping a large server or PC is not cost effective (not to mention power, heating and noise issues) for home users or even home-office users where the number of users or devices is fewer than 5.
So, what do I need in my online storage? Considering it’s not going to be primary backup (my backup machine is a dedicated PC with 2.5TB of storage), I think a RAID setup is fine. You can read here where it says smart SOHO people don’t do raid. Anyways, I’m also looking for a 4-drive unit. It also needs to serve iTunes as well as provide network and iSCSI fileshares. In addition, I’ll need it to able to handle the small number (and growing slowly) of IP cameras I have littered around the house. This limits me to several NAS models but right now, I’m looking specifically at a QNAP unit.