Network Storage and backup suggestions
I'm seeking your advice or suggestions about where to go from my current setup.
I have a WHSv1 for the last few years that's been working in my home office fine. A couple of days ago a drive failed. This resulted in 2 days + of down time. While the drive failure didn't cause any data loss, the down time has made me reconsider my current server and backup scheme.
I'm a part time professional photographer with aspersions of going full time within the next few years. Right now I generate around 50 gigs of data per job (guesstimation). Right now I work around 10 jobs a year. In the future I will be shooting more like 25 jobs a year. In addition to this, my wife and I work on a couple different computers. Centralized data helps us keep organized. I don't really download movies or anything like that, the bulk of my data comes in the form or raw camera data + the resulting exports.
Things that work well for me and I hold as important:
1) Automatic PC backups (both machines are windows 7)
2) Pool style storage so I can add space on the fly
3) Very low management time (I have a full time day job, a 2 year old, another one on the way on top of my photography business).
4) Easy backup process for the whole server. As it is, I backup regularly to 2 offsite locations manually on a regular basis. (backup is about 1TB of data so far, but this will start growing very quickly soon).
Things I'm not a fan of:
1) Custom setups that require time - I'm technical, but I just don't have the time to manage a complex system (although I've considered freenas and amahi and am currently checking them out under a virtualbox setup)
2) Cloud based backup - I guess you could say I'm not trusting, but I just don't like the idea of someone else playing with my data. I like the fact that if I have a massive failure (hardware or house fire) I can just go get a backup drive and I'm good to go.
I've looked into a few things, but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at this point. Windows 8 or windows server looks OK, but the pool system they setup seems goofy (does not balance storage across all drives?!) NAS solutions seem OK, but then I'm managing RAID and when I need to expand it, I can't just drop a drive into it. Drobo looks pretty awesome, but the price is astronomical and proprietary hardware and support scares me; I've read some horror stories with Drobo.
I was hoping for some suggestions on what works for other people and what does not. Any input is greatly appreciated.