Want a NAS primarily for Plex server; large numbers of photos and some documents. Am fed up with servers that “run out of steam” after a couple of years – want something that will last 5-7 years and be upgradeable- at least to a certain extent. Am unlikely to need more than 16TB or so of storage of which half is for RAID. Must be seamless and fast for transcoding etc video without hiccups etc. Never have more than 2 or 3 current users. Syncs with Synology server based in Spain.
The best future proof NAS is either x82 series (TVS-882 /1282) or x77 (like TS-677, TS-877) series. You can synchronize them between both – Qnap an Synology with no problems. The i3,i5,i7(preferably) and Ryzen (preferably Ryzen 7 ) CPU will easily take care of transcoding and RAID itself. They also offer caching and tiered storage functionality which is a very useful function and is also future proof. The last and most important thing is 10GbE upgradability and PCIe slots in general. Whenever you need in the future you can install 10GbE card, graphics card, and many other cards, keeping your server up to a date. If the budget is tighter and you like Synology you can look at DS1618+ (not for transcoding) which also comes with PCIe and DS3617xs which is top of the range desktop NAS from Synology.
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