A "network of time capsules"?

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  1. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

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    alright, I know this could be a little on the impossible side now, but just thought it might be a good idea in the future.

    So, the idea is to combine the storage of multiple time capsules into one giant time machine backup poll.
    Let's say my house have three floors, to achieve best wireless performance, I might need two or three airports. But instead of using 1 TC+ 1/2 AirPort Extreme, I use 3 time capsules.
    But the problem is, I will have three dedicate time machine destinations to manage, a lot of things in the side bar.
    If Apple could push an update that can combine three disks into one (kinda like JBOD in raid terms..)

    And the benefits are:
    1. Much cleaner setup, you just add TC's and don't have to remember which TC you are backing up to.
    2. Much larger storage space. The largest time capsule is 3TB, while the iMacs come with 1t/2tb default, with 3tb upgrade option. And the recommended time machine space is 2-4 times of the hard drive size, one single time capsule is barely ok (not enough) for one single iMac, if there is multiple iMacs + MacBooks, one time capsule is far from enough
    3. Rotating backups to multiple destination improves stability. Three 2tb backups is definitely safer than one 6th.


    So what are your thoughts on this?
     
  2. roberthallin macrumors member

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    I guess what you could do, that would at least take care of 1 and 2, is use Airport Extremes working as one network instead and backup to a large (8-12tb?) USB drive connected to one of them.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I think a NAS maybe be a better and more seamless approach to what you're looking to do.
     
  4. garyleecn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, that's definitely a solution, but still not perfect.... Just another cable, device to manage... And most hard drives do not blend in home environment like time capsule... And is USB connection as stable as internal drive?
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    Sure NAS is another solution, but just thinking if Apple just release a bigger TC or combine multiple TC, it would be much much easier and simpler
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    While I'm sure apple's software and interaction would be simple, as Apple is about simplicity, implementing something like that would not be simple for Apple, couple that with the fact it would have limited appeal and I think we have our answer.
     
  6. garyleecn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    of course the implementing is not simple, because basically the slave drives would have to mount on the master, so all time capsules will need a lot more computing power, and a much complicated system (which means ++ bugs).

    but at least provide a larger version of TC? 6tb and 8tb drives are all over the market now, but we can only buy aftermarket ones or DIY?
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Personally, I still think a NAS is a more elegant solution that provides more flexibility and options. Regardless of how one feels, you really have limited choices and you can what if yourself until the cows come home, but that won't change anything.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    If you desire to stick with an Apple solution then going for the large hard drive with the Extreme is your best (and only) option. That being said, NAS manufacturers make some great hardware but you lose the simplicity in the setup. Newer NASs are great and easy to work with.
     
  9. garyleecn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    that's true.
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    that's not necessarily the only apple solution. you can also (not saying it's any better though) plug a huge drive to one of the computers, and use that as OS X server and time machine to that computer/drive....
    though still, not a perfect solution.
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Using OS X Server and a Mac Mini is a great option if you need more than just basic file sharing and such.
     

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