I enjoy taking photos. Whether of my family, the places I visit, or outdoor activities; capturing memories is one of my favorite past times. So much so, in fact, that I've accumulated nearly 100,000 photos and videos taking up nearly 1.6 TB of storage space. This footprint makes moving photos around challenging, and makes data loss a top concern for me. These photos and videos are one of my most prized possessions.
I'm bought into the Apple ecosystem, and as such, I use iCloud as my primary photo and video storage solution. I appreciate the privacy and security features of iCloud, and the integration into the iPhone's camera roll makes it a no-brainer for those of us who take too many pictures. The introduction of shared libraries last year was also a massive addition, as my wife and I can now keep a single version of each asset backed up.
It's not enough, though, to have a copy of all of these photos stored in the cloud. For something as valuable and important as memories, a good backup strategy is critical. For this, I've opted for something on my home network, running in my basement, in my home lab. I have a Synology NAS with 12 TB of storage, and a small 12th generation Intel NUC server with integrated graphics and 32 GB of memory for hosting the software.