We’ve got an aging DS412+ NAS that over the past decade has been used to back-up files from various computers, store music & video files that are accessed via Roon & Plex running on a separate server. It seems overdue to make a plan and I’m after some advice on both how to think about the best strategy going forward. Some questions:
- Current situation is that a number of the above use cases are irrelevant or, at best, less important - the documents on our computers are now managed via OneDrive while music and video are largely sourced via streaming services. That said, we still need a local back-up for personal media (photos, video) and I’m thinking that a NAS is a better option than an external (USB3 or T4) external drive on the basis that it’s accessible over the local network and provide RAID. Is this the right interpretation?
- Assuming a NAS is required, then it’s not clear to me whether to get a basic unit and continue to run services (e.g., Roon, Plex) on a separate machine or (b) get a NAS with sufficient processing power to run Roon and Plex. I’m tempted with the later as it would allow for depreciating an old DIY W10 machine, and provide a simple platform on which to tinker with various appliances such as Home-Assistant. What is the community wisdom in terms of consolidating or separating application and data storage requirements?
- Final concern is about selection of a NAS. My default answer has been to purchase another Synology unit not the basis that I’ve had a good experience with DS412+ and specifically the DSM software. That said, in exploring options of a NAS with sufficient processing power to run Roon and Plex it looks as if Qnap has a big lead on hardware. It’d be good to get a take the Qnap software platform. Are there, for example, pre-existing packages for appliances such as Home-Assistant? Is it simple to navigate etc?