Synology DS1819+ 8 BAY NAS for Editing Video over 10Gbe Ethernet

So I built an 80TB NAS (network attached storage) to edit videos with. Unlike direct attached storage options, using a NAS means other people in the office can edit from the same storage, can be accessed over the internet, and can easily be expanded (by upgrading to larger HDDs or daisy chain other NAS together). You also get the options for setting up RAID which provides some protection from data being lost to hard drive failures. And there's a whole lot more options to working with a NAS instead of a single attached drive, which i'll probably talk about at another time (or just leave me comments if you'd like to know why a NAS could be more beneficial to your workflow).

But in order to get the speeds needed for editing video, I upgraded the NIC to a 10Gb Ethernet card, and had to get a Thunderbolt 3 to 10Gb Ethernet adapter. This gives enough Read/Write speeds for editing video, and I have placed my NAS about 75 feet away using a CAT7 cable.

If you're thinking about building one for yourself, or have any questions for building out a NAS and the workflow for editing from one, leave some comments below. As for the specific Synology NAS I built, here's the basic parts you need.

Basic parts Available on Amazon:
Synology NAS: http://cheesycam.tv/DS1819
10GB Card: http://cheesycam.tv/10Gb
Hard Drives (I used): http://cheesycam.tv/10TBHD
Thunderbolt 3 to 10Gb: http://cheesycam.tv/OWC10Gb


Learn More Synology 8 Bay DS1819+ NAS via Amazon

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6 thoughts on “Synology DS1819+ 8 BAY NAS for Editing Video over 10Gbe Ethernet

  1. Post author

    @Chris Knight - When I did my read/write speed tests, I was using the BlackMagic Design Speed tests. I'm getting around 500/Mbs through the 10Gb adapter and with my Hyrbrid Raid setup. I've already been editing several projects through it with Resolve and FCPX without any lag. Been good so far!

  2. Nice that you can buy these arrays without drives.

    I use an Intel NUC 7 i5 connected to my iMac via Thunderbolt and two USB-3.1-attached 4-bay enclosures. I get, according to Blackmagic Design disk test roughly 500MB/s write and 900MB/s read on my iSCSI-attached RAID-5 arrays. Don't trust Synology's throughput numbers, look for a real-world test, but I'm guessing it's in the ballpark with Synology if not a bit faster as they control the whole ecosystem.

    Did I mention my NUC solution would run around $1,000 to build (not including drives)? So it's roughly half the price. I also have a lot of confidence in mdadm (which is amazing software!) and my ability to recover from a failure when I have control over my own ecosystem. But the Synology looks promising and tempting!

  3. Post author

    @vinzi studio - If you plan to edit over 10Gb, this may actually be more of a bottleneck than the maximum read / write speeds of various RAID configurations. Basically you could try to get the better Read / Write performance from using the fastest RAID setup, but you'll probably never achieve that over 10Gbe. In that case, my goal was to get a good balance between max storage and enough redundancy for hard drive failures.

  4. Post author

    @Charlie Bouquet - You're right. If you have the time to tinker around, then you'll save money on materials. But for some people Time 'is' Money, and generally we want something that is up and running fast, and works in the background without us knowing or having to deal with. The reason someone would invest so much money into something like this is typically because of 'value'. The costs of this storage is priced into what I charge my clients that need me to keep the data.

    I store a lot of client footage that I have shot over the last several years, and I am required to pull from that old footage often when creating marketing materials, documentaries, etc. And that's one reason I need a large storage to have all the data available immediately instead of stacking dozens of small hard drives in a shelf and having to find it later. As an example, a grape harvest for Wine making only happens once a year. (no need to shoot it every year as it all looks the same). Throughout the year, I may need to pull some video clips from a harvest or wine making process that I may have shot several years ago to create a small commercial or to add into a short documentary.

  5. Charlie Bouquet

    (honest question)
    Can someone tell me why this setup is preferable to a much cheaper custom UnRAID build?

    AFAICT the UnRAID would be hundreds of dollars cheaper and offer more features. The only downside is that it requires more time and has a story learning curve (which may be the primary reason people don't use it more??)

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