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Photographer’s Guide to the Digital Lifecycle: Real-life workflow scenarios for managing still and motion photography assets by Ben Greisler

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DIY Datacenter

At some point, you will probably outgrow working on just a single computer. You might buy some external hard drives, which will tide you over for a bit. But eventually, as your hobby or business grows, you will need more in the way of IT infrastructure.

In this appendix I’ll show you how you can leverage today’s inexpensive technology to build a do-it-yourself datacenter that will take up little space, energy, and money. It is very doable and easier than you might think. And you don’t need to be an IT professional to do it.

A datacenter is a physical location dedicated to IT use, providing restricted access, a controlled environment, and a redundant infrastructure complete with Internet connections and power. It is where your data ...

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