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Seeking suggestions for Network Attached Storage

Postby gch15 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:21 pm

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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Postby bobthebob1234 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:52 pm

make your own using freenas?
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Postby gch15 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:02 pm

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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Postby bobthebob1234 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:29 pm

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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Postby AndyBaxman » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:44 pm

Why do you want a NAS if it is connected to a single server?
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Postby gch15 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:24 pm

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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Postby gch15 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:31 pm

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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