Do you work from home? Make your work easier with your own NAS server

Today we change our computers several times a day. We carry a fitted laptop to work, we play on our gaming machine at home, we take the phone to bed and sometimes we even sit at some other computer. Multiply this number by the number of family members. Synchronizing access to data on so many devices seems like a superhuman task.

Until recently, we handled flash drives to transfer data between devices. But you certainly have your experience with their loss or complete chaos in what data you have on which flash drive and whether at all. Today, however, we are embraced by the ubiquitous Internet, with which we can have our data available from anywhere on anything, including mobile phones.

With cloud and network storage, you don’t have to worry about which device you’re on and whether it belongs to you at all. You can work on your projects from virtually anywhere and avoid the problems that you left this or that presentation at home or saved it on the wrong flash drive. At the same time, provided your employer does not block portable USB drives and external devices.

When you put your data in another cup and you don’t have your own NAS

Maybe that’s why you considered cloud services like Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive and so on.

However, all of these services are just glorified NAS network storage, which just runs in the corporate company’s data centers. This fact can be an advantage for some, a disadvantage for others. We’ll talk about why these solutions aren’t ideal and, in the end, they can be quite expensive compared to their own network storage, which is provided by many manufacturers, led by the most popular Synology.

Advantages and disadvantages of cloud services

OneDrive is one of the most widespread cloud services in our country, after all, it is pre-installed in every newer operating system from Microsoft, so sooner or later it will convince you to try it. As a taste of cloud storage options, these services are handy, but they have their huge shortcomings.

You hereby entrust your data to a third party, creating another unnecessary route that you can lose or, worse, have your data released to the public. Only the history of the last few years is full of stories about hacked servers of technology giants, whom users have blindly trusted and lost their data, documents or even erotic photos. And we’re only talking about those leaks that are worth writing an engaging article about. Celebrities could tell.

In addition, third-party cloud services offer poor scalability. Once you exceed the free limit, you will start paying like a tabby. At first glance, this amount seems to be relatively small, within a few hundred crowns a month. However, renting cloud storage is a long way to go, so you have to multiply that amount by several years and realize that you will never see that money again.

However, running your own NAS server is a one-time investment, which in most cases will pay for itself after just one year. However, compared to the leased cloud, it brings more options, easier access from any device (including, for example, televisions for the purpose of playing movies) and any scalability. Taking a few more terabytes is like putting new toner in a printer.

In addition, no one dictates to you how many people you can provide your capacity to. You can easily share your own network storage with the whole Hujer family. With Synology NAS and through their DiskStation Manager, you can easily manage user accounts so that each family member or friend has their own dedicated space that no one else can access.

With your own NAS server, you also avoid regular monthly billing and threatening hub letters from Microsoft. Once you stop paying, your data will definitely not be stored for you. In the case of a leased server, all you need to do is press delete on the software executors.

Cloud services without an intermediary, everyone can do it

Running a private cloud storage is a matter of one installation, if you choose a sufficiently user-friendly solution such as that offered by Synology. All you have to do is connect their NAS with a standard RJ-45 network cable and open web browsers in the browser, which automatically detect the server and help you click through to the end. You can work with Synology’s integrated DiskStation Manager try it online too.

In the end, your NAS behaves like a standard drive that you find on your computer – except that you have it plugged in elsewhere. At the same time, you will receive your unique web address, which you can bookmark and log in to your drive under your own account from any browser on any device.

You build your own NAS from a disk station and separate disks. The main thing is the disk station, which dictates the operation of the entire device and your communication with it. We have mentioned Synology several times, because it is one of the most popular solutions in this area, and you have probably come across this name before.

However, you can save on the discs themselves if there are a few of them at home. You can use them in this way and load them on the disk station. However, we strongly recommend that you consider sooner or later (preferably earlier) dedicated storage disks that are built for continuous operation, either in pairs or other multiples.

Private network storage is the king of home backup

You can connect data storage to your disk station in a so-called RAID configuration. Simply put, disks connected in this mode mirror all stored data and store them in duplicate. Whenever something happens to one disk, they are still stored on the other disk. This makes the individual disks redundant, you can even pull one out while it is running and no one will know anything (data will still be available).

Synology also offers options for automatic backup of the entire computer or system. Something like this would be a bit more complicated with limited storage from OneDrive or other providers, but with an arbitrarily scalable NAS it’s a breeze. You can set the backup schedule, for example, at night or during sleep mode.

Whenever something happens to your device, you perform a bad update, install faulty drivers or download problem software to your computer, with a single click you restore your computer from an older snapshot and go back in time. This option can save you before the missed deadline.

However, we have to easily defend OneDrive and other network storage devices. In the case of backup, it is always good to decentralize your data, ie store it in more places at the same time. Leased repositories of these companies can be one such place if the security of some business documents (or family videos) is more important than the risk of leakage. Synology devices support so-called Cloud Sync, which replicates all data at regular intervals to cloud services for added protection.

Switching from OneDrive to home network storage? It is never too late

Synology Cloud Sync works both ways. You can set up your own NAS network storage at any time, even if you already have a long-crowded leased cloud. Once installed, synchronization with other services is a matter of one click. In a short time, you have your data transferred to your home and you can cancel your leased cloud with a clear conscience.

Your wallet, family and friends will thank you for your home network storage.

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