What is the difference of Starkit from a Network Attached Storage (NAS. i.e. Qnap, Western Digital)?
There are two major differences of Starkit from Network Attached Storage devices:
The first main difference is that Starkit is a software appliance, unlike NAS appliance (Qnap or Synology) that they their hardware devices. NAS devices (like qnap or western digital NAS) are simply hardware, specifically designed for the sole purpose of storing files, so they are usually run on under powered hardware with limited memory and CPU.
Starkit offers the capability of storing and sharing your files both on a local network and through the Internet just like Dropbox or modern NAS servers do, with the additional benefit of having Starkit run on your own hardware that can range anything from a Virtual machine to a high performance computer. So, you have virtually no limit on storage (except for hard disk capacity). The choice is yours.
The second main difference is that Starkit can do more than cloud storage. Starkit can be your mail server, webmail solution, communication server (voice, videoconferencing and chat), calendaring and contacts management solution. No NAS or other solution in the world offers such functionality as Starkit does with a single installation.