So this weekend (for pretty much 36 hours) I have been researching NAS and server solutions for the engineering dept at our company. We are having problems with LONG read/write times to the main server, and also with file errors as we are well over the 100m spec of Cat5e, with about 7 users on the one line.. Time to fix things up.
I have come to the conclusion that a NAS setup in our office would solve most of our problems. Get our bandwidth off the main server, (we would only be accessing it for email/internet with the nas) and speed up our downloads and writes as well. It would also give us yet another backup (as we would still use the main server for weekly backups) Right now We are using about 600gb of data for our dept. This is growing rapidly. Our bigger files are in the 75mb range. (I think we have 1 that is 120mb but thats as big as it gets) But we do saves every 3-5 minutes to prevent losing any work.
Now where i get confused is with the RAID setups. Im thinking that raid 10 is going to be the best for us. Id like a 6 bay NAS with RAID 10 Support and either 4 1tb or 2tb drives depending on how much the owner wants to spend. (the extra 2 bays for future proofing)
Our computers are all gigabit ready, as well as our switch so i want to use as much of that gigabit as I can. (Hence the raid 10) Im not sure if Ill be able to get a managed switch unless I find one cheap enough.
I would certainly appreciate it anyone here would tell me if Im getting off on the wrong foot or if I need a different RAID. But I Could really use some suggestions on which NAS box to get. Ive looked at what seems like 500 different boxes.. LOL... I am pretty sure Ill be going with Red drives though.
thanks for any input.. my brain is fried.
ps...id like to do this for around 1200-1300, but definitely under 1500
Last edited by Mad_Scientist; 02-25-2013 at 12:35 AM.