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19th September 2012, 10:09 AM #1
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Not sure if this is the right place to post but would like advice on upgrading our nas box. We currently have an HPAiO1200 3tb server running 2003 storage server. Its getting on now and im looking at swapping it out in the next year or so. There are lots of nas boxes out there and I would like to know if anyone has something they would recommend. Im probably looking at doubling the storage to futureproof but that also raises the topic of how to backup such a large amount of data.
All comments/advice welcome.
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19th September 2012, 10:42 AM #2
Hey James, are you just using the NAS as a filestore or are you planning on using it for anything like shared storage for virtualization ?
If you can let me know what your planning on doing with it / number of users / data being stored and any requirements for connectivity / management etc, I can have a look at options available (from us at least).
19th September 2012, 10:47 AM #3
19th September 2012, 10:56 AM #4
if its for live data rather than say backup/administrator only files wouldnt a san be more approriate?
19th September 2012, 11:14 AM #5
So many different options for you to look at. Like Ed has mentioned, Very could help you out with this. Other brands to consider are Huawei, Netgear and HP. All very good bits of kit and all have offers on so you'll be able to get a good deal.
Every vendor has a specialist in this area so if you would like me to arrange a conf call with them, just say. It might be good to bounce ideas around. Let me know if you need anything
19th September 2012, 11:17 AM #6
I've become very lazy and just order a QNAP when we need anything now. Easy to set up and manage.
19th September 2012, 11:26 AM #7
Seconded - FreeNAS is excellent. For backups, get a second, bigger storage server with at least 8GB of RAM and you should be able to get FreeNAS to do block-level deduplication.
Originally Posted by mattx
19th September 2012, 12:32 PM #8
The Netgear NAS we put in at our primary hasnt missed a beat
19th September 2012, 12:54 PM #9
19th September 2012, 12:58 PM #10
Moving to Hardware forum.
19th September 2012, 01:00 PM #11
21st January 2013, 12:00 PM #12
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Sorry its taken a while to get back to this thread. We have about 1000 users although this is probably never gonna be more than 300 concurrent. We currently hold around 2tb of data. Its for live data, we daily backup to lto4 each night and a weekly every friday.
Would a SAN be overkill for this?
21st January 2013, 12:24 PM #13
Not necessarily, some people will say yes some people will say no.
Originally Posted by jjohnsoncantell
Depends what your budget is, how many physical servers you have etc etc. There's a lot to consider, 2x NAS box in different parts of the school (one for live, one for backup) might be an option though? Then put from your backup NAS onto tape if thats what you want to do.......? Certainly a cheaper option than a SAN.
21st January 2013, 12:40 PM #14
I'll drop you a PM, so that we can try and provide you with an appropriate solution.
21st January 2013, 12:42 PM #15
We had a couple of VeryPC storage servers before we bought in our NetApp's and they were good for what we needed them for at the time so that's always an option over a NAS box if you speak to them about it
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