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I've looked quite a bit at NAS solutions, and they seem nice but I'd like something more. I'd prefer to have the flexibility of a full Windows OS environment. Is a Windows server at that price point a pipe dream?
Hmm...

The only thing really special you mentioned was VPN usage, and that's not a problem with the Synology: http://ukdl.synology.com/download/pa...Center_enu.pdf

Whatever you end up doing, good luck!
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If you want software RAID, Linux is definitely the way to go. Linux soft RAID blows Windows out of the water in terms of performance and reliability, especially for more complex RAID levels like 5 and 6.
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If you want software RAID, Linux is definitely the way to go. Linux soft RAID blows Windows out of the water in terms of performance and reliability, especially for more complex RAID levels like 5 and 6.
How much would the addition of a hardware raid controller run me?
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If you want a true hardware raid solution look at getting a used dell perc 5/i card off of ebay. They usually run ~$100 used.
 
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Do you guys see any drawbacks to something like this? Maybe noise? For the price, that looks fantastic.
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Remember that any rack mount chassis are noisy. the fans are very high RPM to keep it cool. Dell servers are good quality, just keep the noise in mind since you commented on that on the first post
    
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Remember that any rack mount chassis are noisy. the fans are very high RPM to keep it cool. Dell servers are good quality, just keep the noise in mind since you commented on that on the first post
What would the energy costs be to run a server such as the one I linked? Comparable to a high-end desktop PC? More, or less?
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What would the energy costs be to run a server such as the one I linked? Comparable to a high-end desktop PC? More, or less?
This is using older dual core/ four thread CPUs which aren't nearly as efficient as an i3. Also, OEM power supplies aren't usually that efficient either. You are powering some serious hard drives too.

Also I would hate to have one of those drives die on me. Talk about money...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822611002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822611001

For non-enterprise use, these drives are just out of the question. Plus trying to find one that matches.....

When building a server you need 2 extra hard drives MINIMUM in case one dies
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This is using older dual core/ four thread CPUs which aren't nearly as efficient as an i3. Also, OEM power supplies aren't usually that efficient either. You are powering some serious hard drives too.

Also I would hate to have one of those drives die on me. Talk about money...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822611002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822611001

For non-enterprise use, these drives are just out of the question. Plus trying to find one that matches.....

When building a server you need 2 extra hard drives MINIMUM in case one dies
Haha, wow, alright. But think of how cool it would be to have 15K RPM SCSI drives...! I guess traditional components are the way to go. Thanks for pointing that out.

Are there any very quiet rackmount cases? Or are they all designed for Delta high-RPM fans?
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