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    NAS Recomendations

    Can anyone recommend a Rack mounted 12TB NAS thats supports ISCSi and Raid 5, it will be used for backups (VHDs) general storage, software install files, and will store images for FOG on it via iscsi. Im looking below £2K thanks.

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    We've always found the qnap devices to be great: QNAP - Products - Products - Storage - SMB - 8-Bay - TS-809U-RP

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeC View Post
    Can anyone recommend a Rack mounted 12TB NAS thats supports ISCSi and Raid 5, it will be used for backups (VHDs) general storage, software install files, and will store images for FOG on it via iscsi. Im looking below £2K thanks.
    QNAP springs to mind. You can get a QNAP TS-859U-RP+ for a little over £1,200 with 8x 2TB disks. In RAID 5 with a hot-spare that'll give you 11TB usable. They're not the most blindingly-fast things, but they're muti-protocol (CIFS, NFS, iSCSI) and have domain support.

    EDIT: Domino beat me to it!

    Chris

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    +1 for QNAP from me as well, we've got one of the 2 bays at a Primary for their backups and I've got another of the 4 bays at home for iSCSI/few other fun things.

    Firmware and web GUI are always very good and well worth the money.

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    Not sure in regards to price but they do a few 6Gbps models

    QNAP TS-EC879U-RP

    QNAP TS-879U-RP

    Not sure if having 6gbps SATA or the likes is something you would be after. Depends how much of a performance boost you would gain if any ?

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    We bought a Buffalo Terrastation a few months ago, it's crap.

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    I have used netgear ones in the past, do you know how the Qnaps compare?

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    Just wondering if it would be worth while getting @Millgate to quote you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeC View Post
    I have used netgear ones in the past, do you know how the Qnaps compare?
    I had a 2 bay netgear one a few years back and it was an absolute dog.

    the qnaps are fully standards compliant, easier to configure/manage and have a massive feature set. Of course I can't speak for newer or higher spec netgears, just my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeC View Post
    Can anyone recommend a Rack mounted 12TB NAS thats supports ISCSi and Raid 5, it will be used for backups (VHDs) general storage, software install files, and will store images for FOG on it via iscsi. Im looking below £2K thanks.
    I generally go with Thecus for the Dual DOM and redundant power supply. The 1U4600R or 1U4200XXXR would give you 12TB raw if fitted with 3TB drives. You should be able to do that for well under £2K.

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    The 12 Bay ReadyNAS units are excellent built on Supermicro Chassis with Infrant developed software and Enterprise RE3/4 HDDS but these cost around £5k I have never used QNAP myself but judging from the spec and the feedback here and elsewhere they certainly look to give good value for the money.
    I would only suggest that you stick to using decent Enterprise Quality Raid Edition SATA drives rather than consumer ones in an appliance that might be hosting valuable data.

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    I use QNAP my self, ableit a small 4 bay with 4x2tb drives on RAID 5. Its been excellent

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    Big fan of QNAP here too. A breeze to set up and run.

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    you could get a drobo 800i for that money, not raid 5 but easier with a virtual hotspare and single or dual redundancy. Also easier to add more storage later.

    Rackmount kit cost extra though.

    I've not used an 800i, I have the drobov2 and its really easy to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    You can get a QNAP TS-859U-RP+ for a little over £1,200 with 8x 2TB disks
    Where are you getting prices like that? Or do you mean £1,200 + the cost of the disks? The quotes I have had are over £2k

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