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Price, Privacy, and Performance. Why it might be time to drop your Dropbox.
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10/12/2016 Now firmly in the age of big data, an excessive amount of personal and business information is being created every day, making it a necessity to utilize a reliable storage solution. Public cloud storage has boomed in the past decade, with the large operators now having hundreds of millions of users. But is there a better alternative? Network Attached Storage offers users enhanced performance, and privacy compared to the public cloud alternative, plus in some cases at a lower price.

The Right Price for you

It really comes down to capacity. If you are a light user, saving basic word documents and multimedia files,  1TB which you can receive free from any cloud provider will be an ideal option for you. However, if your business has seen massive growth, or you have excessively expanded your 4K movie selection, then you will be faced with heavy capacity. With the Public cloud subscription platform, as the need for capacity grows so will the monthly fee. With A NAS, though there is the initial investment, you can scale your capacity on your own terms. No data limits, and no extra monthly fees.

Privacy you can trust

Do you have doubts about whether you want your sensitive data being managed by a third party? You aren’t alone. Of late there have been security concerns of government spying, hackers and weaknesses in security. With a NAS, your information is stored on your premises, allowing you to be confident that you have complete control of your data security. For users where data security is paramount, you can even maximize security by setting up just a centralized network by opting not to connect to the internet.
High Performance for Intensive tasks

Public cloud services are hindered by their very own set-up, they take care of multiple clients who all must share the same infrastructure, leading to constrained performance affected by their servers as well as the bandwidth speed. When judging the performance of two storage options, the industry standard is to view the read and write times of data transfers of the two different storage solutions. When accessing your files, you want to be able to access and transfer your content as fast as possible.

In the latest edition of PC & Tech Authority, the Australian team put a 2-bay NAS (Thecus N2810) up against the three biggest public cloud service providers (OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive).

“There is no getting around it – NAS drives have a definite advantage when it comes to speed […]  The pictures are pretty clear from the graphs, where we show  upstream and downstream transfer rates for a subset of the large video files and a high number of small files. […] unless you have a fiber-to-the-premises, a NAS is noticeably faster than any cloud storage service”.

The Thecus N2810

The Thecus N2810, due it’s noticeable speed would be a worthy addition to small businesses in need of handling high-end tasks and workloads. For home users its power can be harnessed to access its 4K multimedia functionality. By investing in a Private Cloud NAS, you are delivering to your household or business superior speed, peace of mind in terms of privacy, and greater cost savings the more your data grows.  

To read PC & Tech Authority’s article in greater detail, please check out their June 2016 magazine edition

About Thecus®
Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.