Best NAS Solution for small video production company

Best NAS Solution for small video production company. I’ve read a lot of your articles and watched a lot of your different videos around the best NAS solutions for video editing. Still, I’m not 100% certain which is the best for me, so I figured I’d ask and see if you can help! Here are the constraints I know:

– We are a small video production company – typically just four people in the office at any given time. This means no IT person!
– We are editing 4K footage, and want to be able to edit up to three systems at a time. But typically there will only be one or two projects being edited simultaneously.
– We have some other computers that would be nice to have access to the NAS – for instance, to ingest footage or create proxies or pull stock shots. I’m assuming 1gbe connections would be fine for those systems.
– One system is a PC, one system is an iMac Pro, and one system is a Hackintosh (uh oh!).
– We will definitely need either 10gbe or Thunderbolt connection for the three edit systems. Can you mix connections (one system accessing via thunderbolt, two via 10gbe for instance)? Do the thunderbolt connections carry IP addresses similar to the 10gbe connections? That’s one big thing I’m confused about.
– We are looking for the most affordable solution possible. But even more important is the solution that’s easiest to configure and maintain – we will be happy to pay extra up-front so we don’t have to spend time/money managing the solution.
– We want something desktop-based, not rack-mounted.
– We likely will need 30 – 50tb of storage.
– Hoping not to spend more than $5,000 after buying the enclosure, the cables, and the three access cards.

Is there anything else I should know about once I actually buy and implement the system? Will I need to hire a professional to install it?

Amazing, thanks in advance for your advice! Your website and videos are an amazing resource.

You can have a combination of both. Thunderbolt and 10GbE connections. Qnap TVS-1282T3 units come with 4 Thunderbolt3 ports and couple of 10GbE ports. And there is still space for another 10GbE card for additional ports.

Then 4 users can connect over Thunderbolt and other two with Thunderbolt to 10GbE adapters. This way you don’t need to invest into a switch.

Alternatively get a 10GbE switch and a non-thunderbolt Qnap like TVS-1282. This is tiered storage NAS which will automatically move data from HDD to SSD to NVMe based on the accessing frequency.

More drive will always mean greater speed. For the best available speed, you will need to consider SSD drives.

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