NAS for remote syncing

I run a small business with about 2TB of data, growing at 1TB a year. We need to keep and back-up snapshots of this data. I hate waiting for rebuilds so prefer SHR or similar. I currently have a Drobo 5D3 connected to my iMac for my working drive. I’m also trailing a Synology DS918+, but haven’t settled on a solution to our rather complex needs. To further confuse things I’m considering IP cameras to supplement Nest, and Plex transcoding is in the back of my mind.

In order of importance, I need…

1. A way of syncing data from the remote people I work with to somewhere reliable so I have local access to it, mainly video files. We currently use Resilio but we’re having increasing sync issues, and finding more and more data corruption.

2. A Time Machine backup of both my iMac and MacBook, for quick restore when water gets spilt etc.

3. Weekly snapshots of our business data, so that if a video is corrupt we can roll back to last logged edit and restore.

4. An affordable off-site backup of the snapshots

It would be great to have a quick chat on the phone, happy to pay or donate.


DS918+ is indeed an option. Its dual LAN connectivity will allow you to activate load balancing function which will improve data transfer speeds between multiple devices backing up.

You can create several user accounts so they can manage their own storage space. Or you can even simply share specific folders for people to upload their stuff. Then you can locally access this data and work with it.

Synology Drive app will be a great Syncing software with features you would find on a dropbox – just unlimited.

You can easily back up not just your MAC, but also windows machines and mobiles devices.

you can activate snapshot function which will allow you to restore to a previous state. Or you can even have file lever version control activated which will allow you to see previous versions of the file itself.

The cheapest off-site cloud backup will be from BlackBlaze. Or alternatively, you can get J series NAS and set up remote replication between them to keep a copy of your NAS data remotely.

These are just the tip of the iceberg functions you can do. There are lots of more things which will amaze you.

You can get their surveillance app also for free which is so popular with artificial intelligence built in. And of course, you can transcode on Plex with it.

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For backing up your NAS do consider BackBlaze. You can try it for 15 days free if you don't believe its good. But the main reason is unlimited backup size. Everyone else like Dropbox, Amazon, and others charge per gigabyte. But  with this one there is no price difference either you backup 2 bay or 8 bay NAS. The other great feature is version control. So even if you get hit by ransomware type of virus or simply deleted or mistakenly changed few files. You can restore your data from historical backup versions and get all data back.
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