Looking for advice on a NAS

Kimball Larsen kimball at kimballlarsen.com
Thu Jan 18 11:31:42 MST 2007


On Jan 18, 2007, at 10:45 AM, blr at robertsr.us wrote:

>> I see there are several FLOSS projects out there that let you take
>> commodity hardware and create a drop-in NAS (FreeNAS (1), NASLite
>> (2), and OpenFiler (3)), but I am not all that impressed with any of
>> them.
>
> I don't see any reason to use them, either.
>
>> So, I'm wondering what PLUGgers suggest - should I a) use a
>> commercial internet appliance (and if so, what do you recommend) or
>> b) build my own box and slap a NAS project like one of the
>> aforementioned projects on it - and again, if so, what project would
>> you use?
>
> I've gone the route of commodity hardware (hp, thinkmate, or polywell
> server with hot-plug drives), and my distro of choice.  Then I can  
> easily
> choose which filesystem to use.  That could be important depending  
> on what
> your data looks like.
>
> I also like to know how I'm going to get security and bug updates,  
> so I
> like having CentOS or debian on the box.

This is a good option as well - do you just us NFS or SMB?

- Kimball



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