Second Opinion for my NAS setup?
Ok after many hours of reading up on NAS boxes and the limitations with them and the fact that a £600 nas box is still considered a home workgroup grade peice of kit... ive decided to try and make my own.
I've been granted around £600's to spend to try a NAS box out for use with deploying software on 30 - 60 workstations at a time, or ghosting images across many machines.
I feel that the £600 would be better spent on a custom build using FreeNAS or OpenFiler.
Here's the spec's...
6 x Seagate ST3500320AS 500GB Hard Drive SATA II 7200rpm *32MB Cache* - OEM
1 x Intel E2160 Socket 775 Pentium Dual Core 2x1.8Ghz 800FSB Retail Boxed Processor
1 x Gigabyte GA-946GMX-S2 i946GZ Socket 775 onboard VGA 8 channel channel mATX
1 x HP Smart Array E200/128 BBWC Controller - Storage controller (RAID) - SATA-150 / SAS - 300 MBps - RAID 0, 5, 10 - PCI Express x4 ( Supports upto 8 SATA's )
1 x EV 4U Black RackMount Case - 482mm Deep, 7x 3.5" HDD Slots - No PSU
1 x Corsair HX Series 620W Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC ( Has lots of SATA Power Connectors )
1 x Corsair 1GB Kit (2x512MB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5(5-5-5-12) Heat Spreader Lifetime Warranty
I want to cfg RAID 10 (hardware). Would you change anything about that lot? Ive googled that RAID controller and freenas/openfiler and nothing really comes up about having problems working with it.
I know the ram/cpu spec might be more then plenty but its dead cheap this stuff, might as well.
Btw, an equivilent system costs £2500 for a rack moutable 1 :/