This is a good post to start the new year, seeing as we are heading to Vegas on our first jaunt, to CES, that veritable tsunami of circuits, wires, digits and tech. Will be at the Nikon booth, and looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues to kick off 2018.
An issue we had to confront last year had a distinctly technological bent. Namely, what to do with all the stuff we shoot? It’s a question every photog wrestles with. Storage. I remember naively thinking, as I switched to digital all those years ago, wow, no more lab costs! I did not appreciate or understand the digital realm enough to realize that hard drives and computers and, essentially, becoming my own lab, and storage facility had requirement that went far beyond buying some file cabinets and some slide pages.
We were noticeably slowing down last year and hampered by our older storage tech here in the studio. We were using outdated technology, and it was overburdened, with predictable results. We use a local techno-wizard firm, called Technology Revealed, who comes in usually about twice a year and takes our pulse as a studio. They monitor speeds, the aging of our workstations, our connectivity, etc. At their last visit, they had suggestions about where we could improve. Without hesitation, they recommended a Synology system, populated with Seagate Ironwolf Pro Hard Drives.
We have gained a number of things back as a studio, with this new repository. First, we have expanded capacity, and simultaneously have gained speed of delivery. At the same time, we reduced mess, and slimmed down our footprint. The unit is very compact. And, because we opt to have the drives right here in our workroom, we have come to value the quiet nature of the machinery. We can add on as we go, and need more space. And, Seagate drives have a great rep for dependability. At the same time, it’s kind of hard for me to believe that years and years of shooting are inside this little black box. Yikes! The wonders of technology.
You can read more about our Synology DS2415+ Model here.