Photography Storage and a Whole Lot More: Synology DS1520+ Review

The Synology DS1520+ is an excellent NAS that boasts loads of additional features.

The Synology DS1520+ is the company’s latest Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device. Designed to mitigate our storage nightmares, it comes at a great time. Photographers are still caught in a megapixel war between manufacturers. Videographers are having 8K video pushed on them, and journalists need to manage a ton of multimedia files. Redundant storage is always an issue. But aside from being centralized storage for all of your data, the DS1520+ has got lots of added functionality too.

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The New Seagate IronWolf 510 SSD Is for Creative Professionals

Photographers looking to maximize the performance of their Network Attached Storage devices should give Seagate’s new IronWolf 510 SSD a look.

As the resolution of the latest digital cameras continues to increase, raw files have been ballooning in size as well. As a result, many photographers and creatives have turned to Network Attached Storage devices to centrally store and manage their data. Seagate’s IronWolf 510 PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD was designed specifically for photographers and creatives with highly demanding workflows that involve massive amounts of data stored on NAS devices. With caching speeds of up to 3 GBps and 1.8 million hours MTBF (mean time between failures), the Seagate IronWolf 510 SSD is perfectly suited for multi-user creative environments that rely on cache-enabled NAS devices to operate around the clock. Head on after the jump for the full press release.

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Review: Amber (A Personal Hybrid Cloud Device for Photographers)

LatticeWork enters the crowded hybrid cloud storage market with the introduction of their new Amber Personal Hybrid Cloud Storage Device

As photographers, the issue of where to store our images is an age-old challenge going back to the analog days of prints and negatives. While the shift to digital meant that most of our images now exist virtually, we live in an age where everyone has a camera in their pockets. The ever-increasing megapixel count has resulted in the continued growth of raw file sizes. Earlier this summer, we were introduced to a new NAS (network-attached storage) device called Amber from Silicon Valley-based startup LatticeWork. As the company’s cheeky marketing claims, Amber is not just “another pain in the NAS.” It aims to be a simple to set up and easy to manage hybrid cloud storage solution that leverages Artificial Intelligence to help keep everything organized and easily accessible. There are two versions of Amber available. Amber One comes equipped with a pair of 1 TB hard drives, while Amber Plus doubles the capacity of the included hard drives. For this review, we evaluated an Amber One, which was provided to us by LatticeWork. Storage capacity aside, Amber One and Amber Plus are functionally identical. Curious to know how it fared under real-world conditions?

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Synology Announces a New Network Storage DiskStation, The DS1019+

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If you need a back up of your backup’s backup and you need to stream your files, this new network storage DiskStation may be for you.

 

Being able to store and backup all of your RAW and processed image files is incredibly important. We all know that if anything happens to those precious files we would be totally lost. Being able to access those files from anywhere on any device is also important; it means we can work on the road without having to carry external hard drives, and we can share images with clients with ease. Synology have been making network storage solutions for a long time now, and they have just announced a new member of their family, the DiskStation DS1019+.  Continue reading…

Review: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage

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In an age when photos are transferred every which way, wires can make moving images around a real pain between our PC to a Mac to an iPhone to an Android tablet to—you get the idea. Cloud storage has been a great solution, but for the old hard drive diehards and privacy conscious, storing one’s files on a device they have nearby can add that extra peace of mind that let’s photographers sleep easily at night.

Western Digital’s My Cloud Drives are that happy medium. Serving up local cloud storage drive, it blends the ability of having a drive you can access out of the office with all the safety of knowing it’s on top of your desk and not some Amazon S3 server in Dallas.

Can the WD My Cloud really offer the best of both physical and cloud storage worlds? Read on to find out in our review.

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