Last year after several months of indecision I finally bought an 8 bay Synology (DS1815+ to be exact) and stuffed it full of 4TB Hitachi Enterprise drives. I also potentially voided the warranty by upgrading the memory to 16GB. I created two SHR (Synology Hybrid Raid) volumes of 4 drives each with the idea of backing up all the house PC’s to the first volume and then backing that up to the second volume.
In the process I finally retired an old Windows 2003 Server box which up till that point had been the backup destination for all the other PC’s. Part of the justification of getting the admittedly expensive Synology was so I could stop fussing with the Windows 2003 Server. I had been adding bigger and bigger mirrored drives to it (and even mirrored 500GB SSD’s for bootup), but the 32bit PCI bus was restricting what size drives and/or RAID cards I could install in it.
After reading some guys blog about the troubles he went through when his Synology took a hardware dump, I realized having both volumes contained in the same box could open me up to similar problems. So I saved up one of my last bonuses from work and recently bought a second DS1815+ (also upgraded to 16GB - and grumbled about how the price of RAM had more than doubled in the last year).
Although I haven’t actually deployed the second Synology yet, what I plan on doing is relocating the second volume out of the first box and into the second along with adding some 4TB Hitachi Enterprise drives I found on eBay as hot spares. They’ll be in separate rooms at opposite ends of the house, connected to APC UPS’s and to each other over the CAT6 I ran through the attic and down into each room a couple years ago.
A coworker keeps telling me how great Backblaze is, but I just have a problem with sending my data offsite and out of my control. I guess I’m just old fashioned that way.