Quick: Where's that video you shot while on vacation last summer?
If you're like most people, your media -- photos, videos, and music -- is scattered far and wide across a collection of computers, cameras, phones, and CDs -- with some stashed online across a half-dozen websites.
Make this the year where you get all of this under control. It isn't difficult: Network-attached storage, or NAS, makes the perfect centerpiece for your media collection. All you need to do is pick the device that's the right size for you and your data.
Here's how NAS helps you store, manage, and access your media better than any other method.
NAS Offers Room to Grow
If you've ever torn your hair out because your computer's hard drive was maxed out or had to delete apps to make room for more photos on your mobile devices, you'll love one of the biggest benefits of NAS: Breathing room. Even a basic 2-bay NAS like the QNAP HS-210 can support up to 8,000 gigabytes of storage, vastly more than you'll get from web services like Dropbox. You simply add an appropriately sized hard drive to complete the package.
What's more, NAS can grow with you. QNAP offers home and SMB NAS devices with room for up to eight hard drives, so if you somehow manage to fill up the first one, you can keep adding more drives to the system. With NAS, you'll never have to worry about running out of storage space. If your hard drives fill up, you can quickly swap them out with bigger ones as needed, or add additional drives to expand storage space. Using Online RAID Capacity Expansion, upgrading storage space on your NAS is quick and easy. You also won't have to shell out extra cash each month like you do with cloud-based storage services, and the HS-210's slim, fanless design means it will fit right in with your existing décor and electronics equipment.
NAS Makes Sharing Easy
Tired of emailing photos to grandma or waiting all afternoon for a video to finish uploading to the web? QNAP makes getting media to the NAS a snap. With File Station, you can use your web browser to upload, download, and manage any file stored on your NAS device, no matter where you are. Likewise, Photo Station lets you easily manage your collection of pictures, creating albums, setting up slideshows, and tagging your friends and family. Video Station gives you the same types of capabilities with your home movie collection -- and lets you share videos on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.
NAS Keeps Your Data Safe
With NAS, you control who gets access to your media, not a faceless corporation you're entrusting with your memories. You decide who gets in and who gets out, setting permissions on a folder-by-folder basis. Set up individual user accounts and groups (one for friends, one for family) to give everyone access to the right files and nothing more. QNAP even scans for viruses automatically to keep your data safe.
NAS Takes the Hassle Out of Organizing Media
QNAP NAS devices make organizing your media files easy thanks to a collection of apps that run much like the ones you're used to on your smart phone. Photos aren't just dumped into a folder, but are presented as photo albums that can be accessed online and shared through social networks, ensuring they aren't buried in the recesses of your cameraphone forever. Likewise, your home videos are presented on a personal website where friends and family can enjoy them. Even your music collection can be shared on Facebook if you want to play virtual DJ.
Make your media shine with QNAP’s HS-210, a new type of NAS that puts the user first and leaves the headaches behind.
This story, "Manage Your Media More Effectively with NAS" was originally published by BrandPost.