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    I am looking to get a QNAP Nas to use as an FTP Server, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with these? Also is it possible to use a mature of HDD sizes in them, and still have redundancy. like for example the DROBO unit?

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    Hi @IKWeb, apologies for intruding, i just wondered if you would consider looking at a comparable solution from another manufacturer?

    We resell Overland Storage, and from what you have mentioned above it sounds right up the street of their DX series. If you were interested in some more information/costing even if just to act as a comparison to the QNAP solution you're looking at would you be able to let me know the following:

    -How much storage you're looking for
    -What level of redundancy you would like
    -Drive sizes you would like to use
    -Which QNAP box you're looking at
    -Predicted growth over the next few years

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    Hi @Net-Ctrl

    Thanks for your reply, looking at the SnapSAN products they do, they look more expensive than a QNAP Solution??

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    I'm not too sure how they weigh up price wise to that of QNAP i'm afraid. If you could let me know which model you're looking at QNAP wise I could check the comparison Overland model and price and see how it compares?

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    I have two QNAP TS-419P II - set up replication as one was a backup

    QNAP pushed out some bad firmware, which knackered up one and was a lot of effort to sort out!
    Had 2 HDD's fail (Seagate disks)
    The backup QNAP was at a different site, one which didn't have Aircon - it got hot and powered off. (At least it got us air con in that server room now!!)

    ...a part from that, no problems.

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    Qnap is decent, put the ftp volume on a raid set and you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Qnap is decent, put the ftp volume on a raid set and you'll be fine.
    @SYNACK - how does qnap compare to the likes of synology or other available products out there ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    @SYNACK - how does qnap compare to the likes of synology or other available products out there ?
    Haven't used the synology stuff but the qnap stuff has done alright for me, got a six bay one and it supports apps like video surveillance, ties into ad for authentication and supports speedy iscsi so has not irritated me which says a lot for it given my short fuse with backup devices. Does not handle extended ntfs stuff on the nas side so you can't run windows backup to it directly bit chick it on iscsi and make it a real ntfs volume, all those issues go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKWeb View Post
    I am looking to get a QNAP Nas to use as an FTP Server, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with these?
    We have a QNAP device, populated with 2TB drives. It works fine, but really I can't see the advantage of it (or any other specialised NAS device) over simply buying your own server chasis, stuffing it full of as many harddrives as it will take and installing FreeNAS or similar.
    Last edited by dhicks; 31st October 2013 at 06:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    We have a QNAP device, populated with 2TB drives. It works fine, but really I can't see the advantage of it (or any other specialised NAS device) over simply buying your own server chasis, stuffing it full of as many harddrives as it will take and installing FreeNAS or similar.

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    You mean as in using a dedicated RAID Card or using ZFS ( software to do the RAID stuff ) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    We have a QNAP device, populated with 2TB drives. It works fine, but really I can't see the advantage of it (or any other specialised NAS device) over simply buying your own server chasis, stuffing it full of as many harddrives as it will take and installing FreeNAS or similar.
    Thought about this too... sure QNAP has a fancy GUI but I don't use half of the features!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    You mean as in using a dedicated RAID Card or using ZFS ( software to do the RAID stuff ) ?
    It rather depends on your preference, and what you intend to use the storage for. I'm guessing that a dedicated hardware RAID card will out-perform ZFS, although I could be wrong there. We've just spent the summer re-organising our storage into local RAID arrays on our XenServer machines (with RAID cards costing around £500) and using FreeNAS for backup storage on separate servers with no RAID controllers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    You mean as in using a dedicated RAID Card or using ZFS (software to do the RAID stuff)?
    If you use ZFS with FreeNAS, you're going to need quite a lot of RAM and a beefy processor if you get a case like the one pictured below and fill it up with 4TB drives.

    doc.freenas.org/index.php/Hardware_Recommendations



    ^ X-Case RM242 Pro

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