I would just get a Large Chassis Server and custom build one. I made a 32TB machine for 4.5k
If anyone wants the SuperMicro chassis it's a SUPERMICRO 2U REDUNDANT PSU 720W ENCLOSURE 8 BAYS CSE-825TQ-R720LPB and I'd gladly sell it cheap.
I got an HBA card and used a linux Software raid in raid 5 with two volumes in a LVM. It was based on the 4U 36 bay Supermicro Chassis.
This is what i got
Western Digital REII-GP 2TB 3.5 SATA Internal Hard Drive x 16
RAID CARD - Intel RAID Controller SASUC8I HBA (for server/board below)
INTEL Quad Core Xeon E5520 2.26GHz LGA1366
Super Micro SuperChassis 847E1-R1400LPB (huge for future expansion)
Super Micro X8DTH-IF
Supermicro 8GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
2 x 250gb HDD's for OS.
Duke (4th July 2012)
Also, @Duke how do you find performance? It worries me it only has an Atom CPU. I'm only going to be using it for backups and other long term storage mind.
But I'm just wondering whether I should get a quote for an 809 instead which has a Core 2 Duo, it just seems like its quite old now though
I wouldn't say performance on mine is bad, but it's not great. I was originally backing up to it over CIFS and it kept dropping out, SMB errors, etc. I spoke to support and they said do any heavy work over iSCSI, which I'm now doing and it's been okay. Network performance has never been brilliant, but I'm not sure if that's the QNAP, the network, or the device on the other end. Having said that, I'm currently replicating between two QNAPs over what should be a 1Gb link and I'm getting 42Mbps which is pathetic.
Like I said, performance isn't great, but I don't know of anything much better in the price range. A Server 2012 box with SMB3.0 clients (i.e. Windows 8) could probably beat it at the same price.
Urgh, replication is definitely CPU-limited. Bad times:
Thanks guys i purchased the qnap 16TB as suggested,just awaiting its delivery.
how does everyone feel about this thing...
BT Business Direct - Synology Synology RS812+ 16TB 1u Rack NAS (RS812+/16TB)
if we collectively like it, it's a good deal, if not i'll be buying the same Qnap as @LukeC !
Synology makes Baby Jesus cry...
Our luxembourg office has a 2bay one (bought without our knowledge I'd like to add), which regularly breaks raid. or just decides their no more room. or starts overwriting existing partitions.
...I'm not a fan.
Oaktech (4th July 2012)
That replication I'm doing still hasn't finished - I'd say go to the 879 if you can afford it.Thanks for the info. The quote I have for the 879 is 'only' £500 more than the 859 so I'm thinking that could be a better option (and possible allow me a bit more flexibility as to what I do with it)
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