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To Hell with their Cloud. Build your own Today! - Final Thoughts

We keep hearing about how the Cloud will do this and it will do that - so on and so on. Let's ignore future tense and see what it does right now!

By: | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 2:04 pm
Manufacturer: QNAP

Final Thoughts




For several years we've been praising QNAP for their advanced software. I would really love to go over each and every one of them in the same detail, but to be honest, it would take a very long time to do so. MyCloudNAS ships on nearly all of QNAPs servers and if you have an older server you are only a firmware away from gaining access to the software.


If the included applications aren't what you are looking for, then you are sure to find it in the QPKG add-on. QNAP keeps a list of packages that have been tested and easily configured on their NAS products on the QPKP page. If you were to have a question about a software package, support is available on the QNAP forum and each software package has a special section.


Just as robust as the software packages are, is QNAP's ability to make the software packages run on nearly all of their products. After a firmware update my two year old TS-809 had the MyCloudNAS Service listed in the admin configuration page. As we pointed out earlier, the TS-419P II is a SOHO model that costs less than 500 Dollars. The same software is also standard on the enterprise class TS-1279U-RP that we have in for testing now. This top to bottom approach with everything in between included is one of the things that make the software packages so great. You don't have to go out and spend 2500 Dollars on an enterprise unit to have the same functionality.


When it comes to the new MyCloudNAS Service, I was very surprised at how easy the package was to setup and have working with so little effort. The service is so powerful I knew I needed to tell you about it. Now I don't have to worry about carrying a flash drive or portable HDD with me to have access to my files. More importantly, I don't have to wonder while running out of the door if the files I'll want are on the portable drive - I can access everything from my phone when I need it.


The MyCloudNAS Service also makes it very easy to give access to my buddies who are trying to get access to a document I have. You can replace document with whatever you want; the fact remains, I can deliver them to who I want to have the files easily.




Last but not least, the files are available to me from my own server. I don't have to worry about someone else's cloud raining on my day. isn't as big of a target as a cloud service provided by a large company and because of that, I don't have to worry as much about my tax information or worse showing up on some torrent site.

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