How to use a QNAP for photography

How to use a QNAP for photography

Having a Network Attached Storage unit as a photographer is an essential tool in being successful and to always be at peace knowing your photos are well protected. These types of central storage systems consist of multiple hard drives, allowing you to store thousands of photos unlike those annoying external drives you keep carrying around. 

Choose your battles: Mac and PC 

The battle between Nikon and Canon will never end but that doesn't mean the battle between Mac and PC should limit your storage options as well. With QNAP, all management and administration pages are HTML5 web-based. So no matter what platform you are using the QNAP will work and you can go back to focusing on the battles which really matter. 

 

Suggested Photography Workflow

Edit on the NAS 

Tired of your computer lagging when your trying to edit? The main reason is because of the lack of storage space on your computer or external drive. With a QNAP, their systems are powerful enough to you edit over the network. 

This also saves you time from transferring over files from one place to another multiple times and lets you keep all your files in one central secure location. 

Share your files with your clients 

Then stop paying those fees for sharing your photos with your clients! You can do it all on your QNAP right after you are done editing. There are several ways to do this:

1. Securely share files with a URL

This is done through the QNAP File Station. Your client simply clicks a unique URL that doesn't even require any user login. No more requesting forgotten passwords and trying to remember pin numbers. 

2. Share with App Qfile 

The great part about the files shared by download links have no size limitation and your clients or receivers can download them at their own convenience. 

Share files on the NAS by Qfile

Which NAS to start from?

All the configurations below are call in specials only and cannot be found on our website. So call us at 407-960-4690 or email us at sales@simplynas.com if you have any questions! 

1. QNAP TS-431X 2G 8TB (4 x 2TB) 4-Bay Integrated with HGST Enterprise Drives

QNAP TS-431x 2G 8TB (4x2TB) 4bay

What does this include:

Main System:

QNAP TS-431X 2G 8TB (4 x 2TB) Integrated with HGST Enterprise Drives, Alpine AL-212 Dual-core 1.7GHz ARM® Cortex-A15 Processor, Built-in 10GbE SFP+, 2 x 1GbE RJ-45, HDMI Output, Virtualization support and NASBIT tested.

Hard Disk Drives:

4 x Award Winning HGST Enterprise drives 7200RPM, providing a total of 8Terabytes (TB) of gross storage.

Configuration:

NASBIT service at no extra charge – we install the drives, configure with RAID and burn test the system for 24-48hrs and then the final Q&A, double pack system for protection against damages in shipping and you are ready to use the NAS out of the box.

 This unit is a great entry level NAS to start with you are just getting familiarized with storage units. It is a well-rounded backup and disaster recovery data solution that allows you to easily transfer your photos from local to remote to cloud storage. 

You are also able to securely access data shared within private networks or within the cloud network you created yourself. 

2. QNAP TS-451+ 8G 16TB (4 x 4TB) 4-Bay Integrated with HGST Deskstar (NAS)

QNAP TS-451+ 8G 16TB (4 x 4TB)

What does this include:

Main System:

QNAP TS-451+ 8G 16TB (4 x 4TB) Integrated with HGST NAS Drives, Quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz, 2 x 1GbE RJ-45, Hardware Transcoding, HDMI Output, Virtualization support and NASBIT tested.

Hard Disk Drives:

4 x Award Winning 4TB HGST NAS Drives 7200RPM, providing a total of 16 Terabytes (TB) of gross storage.

Configuration:

NASBIT service at no extra charge – we install the drives, configure with RAID and burn test the system for 24-48hrs and then the final Q&A, double pack system for protection against damages in shipping and you are ready to use the NAS out of the box.

With the TS-451+ you can enjoy your photos freely by centrally managing and streaming photos using multiple Bluetooth connected devices. 

You can also access photos on your cell phones because this NAS acts as your own private cloud storage. Log into Qfile and upload, download or edit the stored files easily. It just seems to easy to be true but it really is!mobile devices

3. QNAP TBS-453A-4G 4-Bay NASbook installed with 2TB SSD M.2

What does this include:

Main System:

QNAP TBS-453A NASbook with 4GB Memory Integrated with M.2 4x500GB SSD, built-in 4 port LAN switch, Intel Celeron N3150 Quad Core 1.6GHz (up to 2.08GHz), 4GB DDR3L RAM (max 8GB), 1 x GbE LAN, 4-port GbE switch, RM-IR002 remote included.

SSD:

4 x 500GB M.2 SSD installed and ready to use.

Configuration:

NASBIT service at no extra charge – we install the drives, configure with RAID and burn test the system for 24-48hrs and then the final Q&A, double pack system for protection against damages in shipping and you are ready to use the NAS out of the box.

The TBS-453A provides numerous options to recover your data with Snapshot, RTRR, Cloud Storage and more. This way your photos and hard work are always being backed up and secured all the time without you needing to lift a finger. 

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