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Network Attached Storage (NAS) suggestions?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:41 am    Post subject: Network Attached Storage (NAS) suggestions? Reply with quote

Having to look for a NAS solution in our office currently as we're forever running out of disk space and it seems to make sense having something a bit more central, but there are so many of the darned things out there I'm getting lost...!

We've only got 4 computers (not all running all the time), but need lots of space for backups from web sites some of which can be a few hundred megs a time. So was looking at NAS drives around the 300 - 500 mark.

Seems you can get a few that have interchangeable disks (much easier if one gives up) and RAID 1 or 5, but it'd be really nice if we could also access it from outside the office. Quite a few do FTP servers and some form of web based remote connection, although not found one that will let me work on the system as if I was sitting in front of it. Guess that's what VPN's are for and really not sure if that'd work here.

Just wondering if anyone has any experience of such systems without spending 2000 on one. Smile

Must have Gigabit ethernet connection, although wireless not a requirement and ideally user swappable disks. Hotswapping not a major issue.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used many NAS systems before.

My only suggestion would be to buy a NAS system that has built-in OS with at least 512MB memory for the OS and Gigabit Ethernet.

You need a NAS that acts pretty much like a computer pre-programmed to do file sharing via various mediums such as Ethernet, Wireless, Web, File Transfer Protocol...etc. The NAS will have a CPU, Memory...etc.

I've tried many different NAS systems without OS and on-board memory (they are cheaper by the way), and all of them had poor performance.

My 2c.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you know you're going to be sticking with a smaller number of computers then just get two household NAS's. Yes the performance won't be as good as an NAS server but an NAS server requires administration at times and if things go wrong. NAS household appliances are cheap - get two, one for your website backups, and one for your office files. If this setup works well for your office you just replace the website backup NAS (or just the drive in it) whenever it fills up.
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