The Ultimate Long Term Storage Tier
SSDs are the best choice for the operating system and choosing the best permanent storage is another easy recommendation - a NAS appliance. Many NAS manufacturers introduced a cloud feature at the end of 2012. This allows you to access your data from any device as long as you have an internet connection.
QNAP recently took personal cloud storage a step further with an add-on application called Qsync. Qsync is a Dropbox-like application that works on PC, Apple MAC, Apple iOS and Android devices and shares your data across all of your devices. This is how QNAP describes the feature that is now standard on all QNAP NAS products.
Not satisfied with the limited Dropbox storage? The Qsync utility turns your Turbo NAS into a safe data center for file synchronization with huge storage. You can upload photos from mobile or tablet devices to the Turbo NAS, and access the same files on any computer, laptop or mobile device linked to the Turbo NAS. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers to manage files and always have the most updated files on different devices. Qsync provides multiple ways of file synchronization and group file sharing, greatly enhancing the flexibility of collaboration.
NAS products also increase the security and protection for your data. Unlike a notebook, you don't transport your NAS and unlike your desktop, you don't download bits from the internet that are potentially infected with nasty things.
We aren't breaking any new ground today for our enthusiast or power user readers, but we hope this article helps pull some mainstream readers over to the dark side. Tiered storage is a powerful tool for enterprise and we think it's about time more consumer products ship or are built using this method.
Moving forward, as tablets and cell phones take on more roles currently reserved for proper desktops and notebooks, cloud storage will become even more popular. When it comes to cloud storage, you can trust that massive sized companies are able to keep your data secure (LOL) or that your NAS appliance on some obscure IP address with you controlling the flow, can do it better.