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Hi there,

I work for a photographer who's file management system is getting out of hand, at present he has approximately 20TB on about 15 external hard drives plugged in through many usb arrays and wires everywhere, not a good system! I am researching the best possible system for him that can be extended as he shoots more photos. Here is a basic overview of what he will need:

1. Must work with macs.
2. Must be able to add more hard drives easily.
3. Must have the ability to automatically back up each hard drive.
4. It needs to be fast.
5. Eventually the plan is to build 2 servers, in separate locations, so would be good to be able to access both systems over the internet securely without anyone else accessing them.
6. I would like to be able to manage this system myself (I know the basics of computers - what goes in them i.e. motherboards, graphics cards etc, I can install extra drives / cards but have never built one myself).

I would like to know the best solution for this, the cost, and any London based individuals / companies that would be willing to build it for me and be on hand should anything go wrong!

Thanks,
Bob
post #2 of 14
Google "Freenas 8.2" I just a built a fileserver using it, and it works well with Mac/PC/Linux clients, can backup to a drive or offsite, supports any RAID you can think of, and is free! There is also really helpful user documentation that can help walk you through the steps needed to set it up smile.gif What is your budget like?
Edited by kdon - 4/2/12 at 11:39am
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, I had a quick look at freenas, it seems a bit over my head but I'm sure if someone set it up for me I could get my head around it. I don't really know what the budget will be yet, I'm simply doing research into this so I can give him all the options, obviously the best price is what I'm looking for but want quality rather than budget.

Thanks,
Bob
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by bobcooper View Post

Thanks for the reply, I had a quick look at freenas, it seems a bit over my head but I'm sure if someone set it up for me I could get my head around it. I don't really know what the budget will be yet, I'm simply doing research into this so I can give him all the options, obviously the best price is what I'm looking for but want quality rather than budget.
Thanks,
Bob

The new FreeNAS is aimed at enterprise customers, as it has a lot of backup related features. I'm sure that someone else can give you a more business-related software set, but I can promise you that it doesn't get any easier than FreeNAS haha.
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incomplete but plenty of links for NAS info in the link in my sig thumb.gif
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post #6 of 14
from what you looking for I would use unRAID rather than FreeNAS.

2 Pro licenses for 2 servers only runs $150, each supporting 21 data drives, a parity drive, and a cache drive.
http://www.lime-technology.com/

Different versions
http://www.lime-technology.com/products/registration-keys

Several good builds here at OCN too
http://www.overclock.net/t/987494/51tb-unraid-server
http://www.overclock.net/t/657798/the-30tb-unraid-server]
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Originally Posted by stubass View Post

incomplete but plenty of links for NAS info in the link in my sig thumb.gif

This^^ from what I've seen, stubass 100% knows what he is talking about.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kdon View Post

This^^ from what I've seen, stubass 100% knows what he is talking about.

thanks for your kind words, im red in the face now lol redface.gif
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post #9 of 14
If this is for a business, which it sounds like it is, i would highly recommend buying a prebuilt system from Dell/HP/etc. If you are determined to build it yourself, I would recommend a hardware RAID controller instead of using software based RAID solutions offered by FreeNAS or unRAID. Also, I would recommend a backup system like a backup server onsite or a storage solution offsite or online like cloud based storage. Hope this helps.
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post #10 of 14
When I finally get situated in life I am going to build one of these...

http://blog.backblaze.com/2011/07/20/petabytes-on-a-budget-v2-0revealing-more-secrets/

You dont have to go all out at first as prices will drop and HDDs will get bigger in capacity, but the room for axpandability is awesome.

If you can build a computer or an erector set, then you should be able to build one of these. Only problem I see you for is actually getting one up and running if you do build it... biggrin.gif

The only real expense on these is the case, the sata drive boards and RAID cards. After that it all consumer parts...
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