I have a Thecus NAS N5200pro drive that has been in service for many many years, it’s been quite the workhorse. We run a printing business with about 12 staff, and all of the production routes through the Thecus. In the most part it has kept up, but it needs replacing. While four of the staff are working from the NAS all day, we keep a regular archiving routine and the capacity rarely goes over 4TB.
I am wary of NAS drives and RAID as I have had many people in our industry wrestle with problems over the years, I myself have also buried four NAS drives during the lifespan of this magical Thecus of mine.
Listening to the episode on MacMini as a server I got the idea that perhaps this would be a neat solution, especially if I hung a 6TB Thunderbold HD off of the MM, and set up a daily clone, and perhaps a Backblaze backup. I also got excited about the idea of running Hazel to shuffle around files as part of our management of data.
- Will the MacMini keep up in this file sharing role?
- Am I introducing a complexity in the MacMini (updating OS, Apps etc) that a Synology would hide?
- What RAM and processor would I need for this file sharing task?