Affordable NSA or Server for small businessthoughts//comments
Posted 29 November 2011 - 02:54 AM
What we are looking at now is either a LaCie system or Drobo, which I will post links for below. I would think that a full on SAN solution is way beyond our means, but would love to hear thoughts on these or any other solutions that you may have come across while working. Thanks for your time.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:36 AM
Prior to that we used a LaCie enclosure, another third party enclosure, then some external drives here and there from G Raid. I would suggest hooking it up to a computer dedicated as a server, that helped a lot for us to have a dedicated computer for file sharing. I would look at options from G-Raid, CalDigit, and Maxx Digital. I've heard bad things about Drobo and they way it handles files and not really as fast as others. I've had good luck with LaCie personally, but the ones you linked to are pretty slow.
It's all about bandwidth and storage speed. If you run out of either you're going to get problems.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:39 AM
Posted 29 November 2011 - 06:09 AM
Posted 29 November 2011 - 06:34 AM
I don't know about PC networking, only Mac. Our setup is a Mac Pro as our file server, it has an Atto SAS PCI card in it that connects to the RAID. It has a second PCI card that connects to the switch via 10GigE, then everybody plugs into the switch and connects via AFP file sharing. Prior to that it was the same setup except we plugged in our switch via Gigabit ethernet instead of the 10GigE PCI card. I guess the LaCie boxes take the place of the server, but I've never used one of those.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:12 PM
Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:56 AM
Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:44 PM
Comes with dual 1gb ethernet with support for dual 10gb if bandwidth ever becomes an issue. Lots of extra features, like a built-in FTP server, backup server -- you can even make it available as a Time Machine server with a single click. You can get it with 36tb of storage for around $9k -- 3x more than the 15tb Drobo for double the space and infinitely more bandwidth. It's just way more of a permanent solution. It seems silly to spend 1/3 the price for something that you'd end up replacing with something like this down the road, but I guess if the money (or need) isn't there it isn't there.
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