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Seeking suggestions for Network Attached Storage

 
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gch15



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Seeking suggestions for Network Attached Storage Reply with quote

At work, I am looking to buy a NAS device with about 8TB capacity and a fast connection to a single server machine. Has to be linux based, of course.
Will be grateful for any suggestions.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

make your own using freenas?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bobthebob1234 wrote:
make your own using freenas?


That would have been an option if I were doing this for myself. At work this is not an option, sadly. I didn't know about FreeNAS so thanks for telling me. Had a brief look at the website and it looks very mature and capable.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The company that seems to have 'brought' freenas, iXsystems do sell hardware with freenas or their version (truenas) on, which comes with official support, etc.

But I have never dealt with them so couldn't recommend nor un-recommend (???)

http://www.ixsystems.com/truenas/
http://www.ixsystems.com/freenas-mini/
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do you want a NAS if it is connected to a single server?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyBaxman wrote:
Why do you want a NAS if it is connected to a single server?


It is actually to be able to store large amounts of data. When I said "server" what I really meant is a server class machine (8 xeon cores 32 Gb RAM), it doesn't actually serve anything. It is just crunching huge data sets all the time. The machine itself has already got all the disks it can take. Also, with NAS I can transfer the data to another machine simply by pulling the ethernet cable out of the current machine and putting it into the new one.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bobthebob1234 wrote:
The company that seems to have 'brought' freenas, iXsystems do sell hardware with freenas or their version (truenas) on, which comes with official support, etc.

But I have never dealt with them so couldn't recommend nor un-recommend (???)

http://www.ixsystems.com/truenas/
http://www.ixsystems.com/freenas-mini/


I have told the computing guys about ixsystems. Now it is up to them. They usually prefer UK / European suppliers though.
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