Google Photos stopped offering free unlimited storage for high-quality photos on June 1, 2021. Photos uploaded after the said date will be counted towards the 15GB Drive cap. If the account was inactive or exceeds the 15GB limitation for two years, Google may delete the photos after notifying users. Users will either need to pay for a recurring fee or look for an alternative if they run out of space.
Though users who need photo storage below 2TB will find it more cost-effective to pay the recurring subscription fees, those who need terabytes of photo storage may eye up the Network-Attached Storage (NAS) than public clouds and external hard drives due to its inherent advantages, these being data privacy, one-time cost, backup ecosystems, storage capacity and real-time access.
What is Synology NAS?
NAS (Network Attached Storage) is an intelligent storage device connected to your home or office network. You can store all your family and colleagues’ files on the NAS, from important documents to precious photos, music and video collections. By using a web browser or mobile apps, you can access files and use various services provided by the NAS via the Internet.
Synology NAS, powered by its operating system DiskStation Manager (DSM), has free applications for users to back up their photos, music, and videos across mobiles, PCs, and laptops. Aside from backups, Synology NAS can also be a secure storage with all your data protected by RAID types and full data ownership.
Ideal for new NAS users finding photo storage alternative
Synology DS220+ connected to a secured home or office network, offers users high level data ownership, data protection and recovery features, and comprehensive public cloud level accessibility.
This 2-bay NAS uses dual-core Intel® Celeron® J4025 CPU offering an ideal mix of processing power and advanced capabilities. The 2-core processor boosts photo indexing, database response times, and web PHP response efficiency, enabling users to easily categorize photo memories, smoothly manage files across computers and mobile devices, and enjoy blazing fast web applications.
Comprehensive photo management and backups
Synology DS220+ can be viewed as an all-in-one photo management solution. Users no longer need to be wary of public cloud vendors starting to charge for additional subscription fee so photos or data need to be migrated elsewhere, nor do users have to worry about photo management issues such as data loss, scattered photos, and the recurring fee that is more significant than it seems in the long run.
Automatic backups to protect family photos and all files
Data accidents, like external hard drives failing or mobile phone dying, happen from time to time. It’s almost impossible to restore memorable photos or critical working files if the data wasn’t backed up. Synology DS220+ is a great fit to protect your data across mobiles, PCs, and public clouds. After the first-time setup of the sync and backup tasks, your data will be automatically synced and backed up to Synology NAS.
This means a family can back up all photos and videos stored at different mobiles in one NAS, which can also be the home of family’s movie collections and a backup destination of important working files you can’t bear to lose.
With all the benefits mentioned above, Synology NAS has now designed their OS to be very intuitive and easy to use; just like operating a PC, it’s time to say goodbye to the free storage hoax and build your own cloud storage with a NAS!