A photographer friend currently has 10,000+ images and about 150 hours of DVD video that they need to make accessible on a network for both PCs and Macs. They also want to make this stuff easily accessible online and easy to organize. I’m trying to come up with potential solutions but want to know if you guys have any advice. My current picks:
On-site Storage = WD MyBook Mirror 2TB + Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
For a Mac + PC environment I thought this would be the best bet, but maybe a dedicated NAS server would be better? If so, do you have any recommendations that perform well when both Macs and PCs are accessing them?
Online Storage and Organizing = Flickr
I’m torn between Flickr and Picasa on this one. Flickr is cheaper, but Picasa allows for 1GB video files versus a maximum of 500MB (and 90 seconds) for Flickr.
Online Archiving = Mozy
Seems equivalent to BackBlaze, and the fact they’ll mail backups to you if necessary is a nice feature.
Extra Hardware = EyeFi ProX2
I figure this would make it dead simple to get future pics and videos transferred locally and online.
The online stuff is just for galleries and also viewing their personal images at home. I figure Mozy will work for archiving the full images in the cloud to supplement the local storage in case of a catastrophe.
Regarding NAS, do you have any particular recommendations? Do I just go to Newegg and order the latest highly-rated hotness?
And thanks, rei, for the WHS recommendation. I’m not sure what the budget is for this project but it’s something to consider and that new HP server looks awesome. Doesn’t support RAID, though, and I was looking into mirroring to avoid headaches. Perhaps that isn’t worth the additional hassle and cost if the dude’s also archiving in the cloud…
Reading a review of HP’s Data Vault I came across this:
“The inability to control the rebalancing process may make a WHS system unusable for video streaming. WHS users have seen system throughput go south during rebalancing, resulting in unwatchable video streams.”
Kind of a dealbreaker if true, as he wants to use the storage to stream video. Any thoughts?