I’m searching for a storage solution for 20-30 TB. I have been looking at Synology and Qnap for a while, but I haven’t used any of them. Those brands seems to be the ones to choose if you want a disk storage cabinet solution, right?
The background is that my brother in law have like a dozen external drives that he wants to consolidate, and also replace a Time Capsule that broke down this weekend.
The reason I want to suggest a cabinet is because I would like to propose a dynamic, scalable solution with Raid.
Demands as I understand it:
The unit should be able to connect locally as well as via the network (locally because if we copy the other external disks we need the speed (Interface should be Thunderbolt 2 or quicker)).
Time Machine needs to supported. I understand that both Qnap and Synology have their own backup software, and that is fine as long as it works – I don’t want to get a phone call every now and then from him, because the backup software is doing “something” that he doesn’t understand (he’s not very tech-savvy to put it mildly).
Reachabiity over internet. Ie, if he’s not at his office he should still be able to reach his files. It looks like both Qnap and Synology have this feature, but I’m not sure if they work as they should, and without any trouble.
I realize the answer to these questions is embedded in Qnap’s and Synology’s home pages, but I am looking for real life cases and opinions.