We have a Media Studies department here that is (for some reason) very popular. It has got to the point where their existing facilities are not suffificent and they need some new kit.
The primary problem is that they want to do video editing using Premier and similar packages. Of course, these projects are going to take up a huge amount of space which our primary file server won't be able to handle. At the moment they are storing their projects on the local PCs which all have 120GB+ storage but that leaves the problem that if want to do some work on their projects and the PC the project is stored on is occupied then they're pretty knackered. In addition, it means that if that PC dies, bang goes their work.
So we got to thinking and decided the best solution for them would probably be to put them on a seperate network segment with six or so standardish PCs along with a NAS device. Putting in an extra file server seems excessive, SAN is too expensive and again excessive. So NAS seemed like the ideal solution. I went looking for devices and, well, there is a fair amount of choice.
On the extreme low end of the scale, we have your consumer level crap like Linksys, Netgear etc with single drives. We have discounted those as they don't offer very fast connections, probably won't handle multiuser loads very well and don't offer any redundancy. Then you have things like Buffalo Terastations and Thecus OS-NAS boxes. Fairly well priced, offers gigabit network connections and RAID 5. However they have been known to use propriatary file systems and don't always integrate into AD that well. Then at the top of the scale we have products like Snapstore servers using *nix derivatives and other solutions (Such as Dell) using Windows Storage Server 2003.
I'm wondering what people in similar situations do and have.