NAS box with cloud option or MAC MINI Server
Posted on 2013-06-12
I have a client who doesn't have the money right now to be able to afford a full blown Windows Server, so we are looking to compare 2 options - NAS Server and a MAC MINI Server.
What they want to be able to do is -
1. Create users and groups on the NAS itself.
2. Be able to restrict access to certain folders on the NAS for certain groups.
3. Most importantly - Be able to access the folders on the NAS over a website so that they can download pdf/word/excel from a webpage whilst they are on the road, edit and then automatically upload it back to the NAS box. Someone said that NAS boxes can sync to cloud these days so if someone could make a recommendation that would be great
4. Lastly - We want to be able to plug-in USB backup drives to the NAS box and take daily incremental backups. Usually we have 1 backup drive for each day i.e. Mon-Fri so the backup should automatically be able to detect the changes since last time and run an incremental only with an option to do Monthly fulls.
Someone was suggesting a MAC MINI SERVER to do all this so if you could make recommendations on MAC as well. I can weigh out the pros and cons of both solutions.
Also with NASs, I would like to stay away from QNAP because I have had very bad experience with their support which is based in TAIWAN. They take forever to respond.