I run a small 3D animation studio, currently everyone is working remotely which is hard as it relies so much on my staffs own internet connection. I need some advice on storage as we're running a Qnap TVS-871T on raid 5 over 10GBe. its been great and have changed only a few drives in warranty, but we now only have 4TB left of the 20TB. So looking at upgrading and maybe to a rackmount version. Had a silly quote from Promax for and SSD build that was £16k and don't think its worth it. Also looked at the Qnap TS-832XU-4G which has potential. We only read/write and use it as storage, we don't render or use any other aspects of the NAS. Would love to know a good way to backup to the cloud or at least offsite to my house for that extra security. Thanks again for your help its really appreciated.
Yes, TVS-871T used to be one of my favorite NAS when it was released. Since then they released TVS-1283T3 and now TVS-872XT with a Thunderbolt3 (but still works with TB2 using an adapter). These now are real game-changers with built-in NVMe super-fast cache and new DDR4 memory.
Promax is so expensive because they sell also their support. This is what they say:
They say that just like Qnap and Synology i7 and Xeon based servers they offer the same hardware, but better support. But I doubt their OS comes close to Qnap and Synology solutions. It is rather basic.
Qnap TS-832XU-4G in comparison with Promax is super basic, but if all you need is a fast data backup it will work just fine. The 10GbE will allow you to fairly quickly copy the project to your editing machines and push it back to the server when you are done with editing.
Choosing tvs-872xu and tes-1885u would be a more serious solution allowing you to actually edit directly from the NAS.
You can use TS-832XU for a remote backup or even any desktop model. Qnap built-in apps will ensure all backups are automated and done regularly. Snapshot technology will even allow you to roll back to previous versions. And de-duplication will save the time to actually back up only things that have changed.
I hope this helps.