Looking for advice on a NAS

Kimball Larsen kimball at kimballlarsen.com
Thu Jan 18 10:19:48 MST 2007

Ok, so our business has grown to the point we need a relatively large  
NAS (2ish TB should do for now.. )

I have been doing a lot of research on the various options out there,  
and have decided that we want a NAS, not a SAN, but I can't decide  
which kind I ought to get.

I want hot-swappable hard drives, RAID (mirrored, striped, or  
combination), and would prefer 1U form factor, but would accept 3U.   
Whatever it is it has to be rack mountable.

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  

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?



1 - http://www.freenas.org/
2 - http://www.serverelements.com/, http://freshmeat.net/projects/ 
3 - http://www.openfiler.com/

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