Replace server disks or buy/build NAS?
We have a 4 year old DELL Poweredge 4600 that has a RAID5 array consisting of 5x 36gb U320 15000 RPM disks (plus hot spare). This server used to be our main file server & DC but nowadays its primary role is just as a DC, however we still use this RAID5 array as 'in flight' backup for staff & student data copied from our main file server twice a day.
My problem is the array (135gb) is no longer big enough to hold the data so I need to find a solution.
The simplest & easiest & possibly quickest would be to replace all of the drives with 146gb U320 10000 rpm drives, this would cost around £800-900 and would give me a 4x increase in capacity that should handle a couple of years growth.
I could also buy a cheap & cheerful NAS device, such as a Terastation Pro II or similar, or I could set up a FREENAS system based upon SATA disks, both of these would potentially offer more capacity for the future but rely upon less robust technology than the PE4600.
What would you do?