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NAS Server

On 12/03/2010 07:09 AM, Chris O'Connell wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> I think 4TB should be fine, but would prefer 8.
> Performance is not an issue, this is simply to archive files.
> Price... well, I'm willing to spend money on whatever people say is the=
> recomendation.
> Physical... something quiet would be nice.  And something small.  I lik=
e the
> size of the consumer based NAS solutions, they're pretty small...
Performance is important. We have a 2TB WD MyBook we use for backup and
it is a very slow device. The ReadyNAS is in a 1U slot in our rack. It
is also fairly quiet. We specifically opted for a rack mounted device,
but ReadyNAS is available in non-rack mounts. One of the nice things
about the readyNAS is that I've had some stuff I needed to download from
Toronto, and I simply ran rsync directly on the ReadyNAS rather than on
one of our other servers. Since it is Linux-based I can set up crons. In
contrast I have the WD set up to do rsnapshot for backups also cron
based. I think the big difference between using a Linux server of a
dedicated NAS device is the initial configuration. I was not able to get
the cost low enough to get a good Linux server for the price of the
ReadyNAS or SnapServer, and the one thing I was able to do with ReadyNAS
is to make the home directories available to Windows with the Linux
passwords where I was unable to get SAMBA on RHEL 5.2 to export the home
directories with authentication.

Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at>
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