Synology NAS solutions questions
There are threads touching upon this topic, but it they are old.
I am considering to get a NAS for backups. Could people with experience with Synology chime in and correct me if I got something wrong?
- It would be cool for it to be idiot-friendly, and easy to reach via Internet.
- Ideally, have two separate units, at two separate locations, sync with each other (or have one "main" and another one that syncs with it) - as I don't consider any RAID to be reliable enough as a backup, especially in case of theft or fire and similar.
- Full volume encryption would be very, very practical and welcome.
- Being able to play a 1080p mp4 film from it, without having to FTP-dowload the film would be nice, but not a must-have.
It is my understanding that Synology's DSM 7.2 offers a full-volume encryption.
How does Synology's SHR RAID (so, not their SHR2) play with non-Synology hard disks (I'm eyeing Seagate IronWolf Pro NAS 8TB drives)?
They seem to "stongly discourage" the use of non-Synology drives with their SHR RAID - and say that one should use third-party drives with "classic" RAID (like RAID5 and similar).
Does it make any sense whatsoever to go with a model that has 8GB of RAM?
Right now, my best man Gox and I have under 8 TB of data worth storing, but that will grow over time. I was thinking about getting three 8TB drives in RAID5 (or Synology SHR if possible with third-party drives), then add one more 8TB drive if needed (Synology should let me do this and expand the volumes if I got it all correctly).
1522+ has more room for expansion, but I don't think we will use up the storage provided by 923+ in the next 5 to 10 years (though there is no amount of memory that human stupidity can't fill up).
I would rather not mess with building a NAS using desktop or similar stuff. If Synology software is as good as it sounds, it's worth the extra price IMO.
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