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Whats up guys,

Problem:

I work for a small business that creates large posters (photoshop) for high school athletics. We have 3 graphic designers full time working off of a WD MyBook Live. Read and Writes speeds average 15MB/s because of the three different computers. If only one accessing 45MB/s. When we are saving and opening 1GB+ photoshop files there is too much waiting time.

Needs: Im looking to build a NAS/Server to store all our files. I want something that i can get 200MB/s or more. I know that a gigabit connection only does 128MB so I need something with Link Aggregation. As far as storage space 6Gigs should be fine. Would also want Raid 5.

Budget is $800. We can go a bit more no problem, but just dont want to scare the owner with something over $1000.

Also what Software you guys recommend? FreeNAS / Windows Server / Nas4Free / ect.

Thanks!
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Since this is a business, you'll want something with support to cover you when something goes wrong. Look at the Synology DS412+ as an example.
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@OP

Since this is a business, you'll want something with support to cover you when something goes wrong. Look at the Synology DS412+ as an example.

I agree 110% with this. Go prebuilt, so you have support. Synology, Thecus, Drobo, and QNAP are the brands to look at. They have 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and larger drive capacity models. I'd recommend at least a 4 drive, and do RAID 10 (avoid parity RAIDs) with 2TBs or something like that. For Link Aggregation, most of the 4 drive or larger models from these vendors will have two NICs and support LAG, but you will also need a managed or smart switch that supports LACP/LAG as well (second hand Dell PowerConnect 5324 is a good choice, for less than $100 on eBay -- 24 port Gigabit, CLI configuration and also has a web UI which is actually decent). A 4 drive prebuilt NAS will cost you somewhere in the $300-600 range, depending on features, and with 2TB drives under $100 (DT01ACA200, for example are $80-90 right now), you will be right around that $1000 budget. Might be able to squeeze it in around $800, but this is a setup that will serve your company well for the next 3-5 years (typical warranty life of SMB hardware like this). I'm not sure how much space you will need, but 4 x 2TB in RAID10 is ~4TB, or go up to 3TB drives for ~6TB of space. If you need more, look at 6 or 8 drive models (but this will definitely put you over your $1000 budget). 8 x 3TB in RAID10 will give you ~12TB storage.

Good luck!
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For Link Aggregation, most of the 4 drive or larger models from these vendors will have two NICs and support LAG, but you will also need a managed or smart switch that supports LACP/LAG as well (second hand Dell PowerConnect 5324 is a good choice, for less than $100 on eBay -- 24 port Gigabit, CLI configuration and also has a web UI which is actually decent).

Actually, in this context it isn't, and for the same reasons as above: Dell will not offer support on second hand items - I checked this with one of their resellers: you can't bring them under any existing care programme you might have with them.


@tycoonbob

Completely forgot about Thecus and QNAP; my head isn't usually looking in that direction. smile.gif I'm not so sure about Drobo though - I've heard that the performance isn't all that great.
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@OP,@tycoonbob
Actually, in this context it isn't, and for the same reasons as above: Dell will not offer support on second hand items - I checked this with one of their resellers: you can't bring them under any existing care programme you might have with them.


@tycoonbob

Completely forgot about Thecus and QNAP; my head isn't usually looking in that direction. smile.gif I'm not so sure about Drobo though - I've heard that the performance isn't all that great.

Yeah, Drobo isn't my top choice, but it's a popular one. From what I hear, performance is better with the most recent versions though. Drobos are a little more pricey, but have better features and a better UI, I do believe.

Regarding second hand Dell stuff, that surprises me. I remember working with a client of mine earlier this year who had a second hand Equallogic PS6100 (full of Dell 120GB SSDs) that they bought from another company who was replacing their Equallogic stuff with HP SANs (which I think is crazy, because I love Equallogic stuff) but one of the controllers were bad. Dell overnighted a replacement for the thing.

Heck, as cheap as the PowerConnect 5324s are, go ahead and buy 3. have two running redundantly, and have a third as a cold spare. Just remember to tftp your configs off device!
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Regarding second hand Dell stuff, that surprises me. I remember working with a client of mine earlier this year who had a second hand Equallogic PS6100 (full of Dell 120GB SSDs) that they bought from another company who was replacing their Equallogic stuff with HP SANs (which I think is crazy, because I love Equallogic stuff) but one of the controllers were bad. Dell overnighted a replacement for the thing.

Likely the service tag for that unit was still valid. A guy at ITC Sales confirmed to me that anything purchased from them would not be supported by Dell.

You're right about buying redundant 5324s though, especially at those prices.
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