In the small amount of time I have had testing and looking over NAS products, it has become increasingly clear NAS vendors see tremendous value in the home user. If we look back just a few years ago, NAS appliances were, to be honest, tedious devices to setup. This left a lot of users not wanting to mess with and use these devices as most saw them as very expensive external hard drives.
In the past year, things have changed, with most vendors going for that user-friendly approach including intuitive apps that people want, case and point HD Station. What started out with one vendor in QNAP now has every NAS manufacturer including it within their products.
Then came along the cloud movement, which really stemmed from average users, like you and me, wanting options to store our files easily without all the mess of setting up an extensive network, or having great knowledge about networking. With QNAP, they have all of the underlying network knowledge built into an application that configures it for you with a few clicks here and there.
As I stated in the introduction, there are a plethora of cloud storage options available to you. What it really comes down to is cost, where as you can see in the graphic above, services like Dropbox charge you nearly $1500 per year for ten users and 2TB of storage. If you have more users and need more storage, you're looking close to seven grand for 50 users and 10TB of storage, per year!
With QNAP, you control it all, from the appliance you choose down to the amount of users and storage capacity you want, and with applications like Qsync and QFile, you will have always-on cloud storage, wherever your travels may take you.
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