cuestakid8814

need help choosing secondary offsite backup device

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I am pretty sure that I will be using a Thunderbay 6 by OWC as my primary storage solution(it will be connected to a Mac Mini with a Thunderbolt 2 adapter), however something like a Drobo is also a possiblity

 

 What I am wrestling with is what will be my secondary storage that will be the backup for the RAID. The device is already going to the cloud so this is really about being able to recover from data loss in a reasonable amount of time and not downloading TBs of data. I initially thought I would go with a NAS solution but I then realized that I don't think having network connectivity will be possible for this device. Therefore I am rethinking my options.

 

I know there are NAS options that have USB connections so I may consider one of them (WD My Cloud Pro) but I am now wondering if another RAID solution makes more sense. 

 

Any suggestions or advice are welcome. The capacity I am eying is 16TB but I could go to 12TB as well. 

 

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I think the main part worth considering is the usecase. I like separating out direct attached storage and NAS, without as much intermingling the standards.

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Would you mind expanding on that? Do you mean I should either get two DAS devices or two NAS devices? I will be the only one accessing the data, so sharing across to 2-10 people is not happening. Remotely accessing would be nice but I have RDP tools for that.

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NAS options are going to be more feature filled, have standalone storage options rivaling more DAS offerings and allow connectivity into things like Glacier, etc. To match the speed of a DAS though you'd need to work in 10Gb which makes it a bit more expensive. If you don't exceed 100MB/s though you may not even notice a difference. So it comes down to how to use the storage, since it will be the defining element in which direction to go.

 

 

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On 1/11/2019 at 1:36 PM, Kevin OBrien said:

NAS options are going to be more feature filled, have standalone storage options rivaling more DAS offerings and allow connectivity into things like Glacier, etc. To match the speed of a DAS though you'd need to work in 10Gb which makes it a bit more expensive. If you don't exceed 100MB/s though you may not even notice a difference. So it comes down to how to use the storage, since it will be the defining element in which direction to go.

 

 

Thanks for your input. Given that I will be using an adapter for the new thunderbolt storage unit (I don’t have TB3 only TB2) I may first want to see how my Mac Mini handles the device first. The big features of a NAS I likely don’t need (I have a separate device running vms, most of my data is iTunes based so Plex isn’t a big deal). Likewise my main cloud backup solution CrashPlan doesn’t formally support NAS at all( I can map it as a network drive and it can try and back that up to the cloud but they word and frame the doc like I should not do it) so going all NAS isn’t an option. 

 

I may end up getting another DAS solution and make it the offsite backup and maybe buy a large external drive I can use to move data site to site.

 

 

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