Freelance TV host breathes easier with files
automatically backed up to a Synology DS712+*
network attached storage server powered by an
Intel® Atom™ processor.
Intel® technologies are powering
a new generation of network
attached storage devices that
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This is one of their stories.
Ramona Bruland has made a career of discovering the best things in life.
She’s a freelance TV host and producer, currently anchoring a wintertime
show called “Top of the Mountain” for Plum TV Networks in Aspen,
Colorado, and a summertime show called “Keeping Up with Ramona.”
She seeks out and tells viewers about “the best things in life” in lifestyle,
outdoor adventure, arts, culture, gear, fashions, food, wine, and travel. A
native Australian, Bruland has been seen on TV screens across Australia,
Europe, and the U.S.
However, taking care of the technology in her life was definitely not one of the best
things in her life. Bruland has gigabytes of hefty video and audio files, as well as sched-
ules, storyboards, budgets, and other administrative files, that she uses and shares
with colleagues and clients. Until recently, her files were scattered between a desktop
computer in her office and a laptop computer that she travelled with, and she had to
constantly move files between the two. She recently consolidated everything to the
laptop, but this meant that it was even more imperative to keep this PC safe and sound.
“I worried about the safety of my files, because my backup procedure was random at
best,” Bruland says. “I backed up my files to an external hard drive whenever I thought
about it, which was sometimes only once a month.”
Sharing files was another problem. Bruland routinely shares video files—sometimes
half-hour or hour-long shows—with editors, producers, and clients, and she had to
upload these large files to an FTP site, which was extremely time consuming. Plus,
Bruland travels frequently and often did not have needed files with her.
Big-Company Backup for Small Business
Bruland knew that the TV production companies she had worked for in the past had
sophisticated automated backup systems, but she didn’t think that such systems were
available to entrepreneurs like herself. However, in late 2011, Bruland gained access to a
Synology DS712+* network attached storage (NAS) server powered by an Intel® Atom™
processor. This storage device provides corporate-caliber backup and file-sharing capa-
bilities in a small business package.
Huge Peace of Mind
Bruland has two 1-terabyte drives in her
Synology NAS that mirror one another,
meaning that everything is backed up
automatically to both drives for double
protection. “I no longer worry about files
going missing,” Bruland says. “I know that
everything is getting backed up without
me having to do anything. It’s a huge
weight off my shoulders.”
Plus, Bruland likes knowing that her files
are kept in her office rather than in
someone else’s servers in a
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