Most people think of the movie The Fast and the Furious when they hear the word NAS, but unlike the gas propellent “NOS”, NAS is referring to Network Attached Storage. Very simply, this is a hard drive that is attached to your network within a very, very simple computer enclosure.
The benefits of having a NAS are numerous but the largest benefits are:
- Automatic Backups (including Time Machine backups!)
- Web Server (build and host a website at home)
- Fast File Sharing
- Media Streaming (stream HD movies or music throughout your network)
The Apple Time Capsule is $299 as of this writing, although it also doubles as a very nice wireless router. But, being a tinkerer, it’s worth it to me to have the ability to upgrade the hard drive, have my own web server, and quickly share files throughout the network.
If you have never heard of a SQL database or just want a simple setup, definitely go with Apple’s Time Capsule.
Regardless if you go with a NAS or Apple’s Time Capsule, the bottom line is that you need an automated backup solution. We live in a digital era where physical photographs and videos rarely exist. Is a $200-$300 purchase worth the peace of mind that comes with knowing your digital assets are backed up?