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Advise on Buying 500GB NAS...

Hi All,
I need some expert advise on  buying  a NAS unit. I plan to use this for my Oracle Real Application cluster(RAC).  RAC requires shared storage, which can accessible simultaneously from  multiple systems.  
I need to be able to:
1) Mount the a file system in NAS multiple boxes (Oracle s/w from mulitiple boxes will be accessing this at the same time).
2) Need the NAS to be compatible with LINUX.(As I'll be using only LINUX).

Can  you suggest a good NAS unit (Model/make) which can be used for this purpose? this is for personal  purpose and I am looking for a 500GB one only (in the price range 250-350$).

Thanks
Pradeep







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For that sort of money, take a look at FreeNAS. It's based on FreeBSD and provides support for NFS, SMB **and** iSCSI.  The installation fits in less than 32MB, yet it has full web management. It's still in beta, but you can't beat it for the price.. :-)

http://www.freenas.org/
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Hi,
thanks for the reply. But In fact I was looking for buying  a NAS device . I did not read the details of freenas but I belive it is a PC Based solution.. For that  we have several other options like openfiler, netapp simulator etc  etc...
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Hi,
Thanks for the feedback. After lot of research finally even I came to your points.
What I found is NAS units are availble for $250-$350 range. But forget about iSCSI, most of them dont even support NFS!!!. But they only have SMB!!!.
I know about the OTN artcile you mentioned , it suggests firewire. But that also has got its on problems. So I think I'll follow your suggestion of getting an old PIII and use it along with openfiler or freenas or netapps.

Thanks for the inputs.
Glad I could help. Good luck with it!