NAS solution - Open-e or Windows Storage Server R2 ?

Hello,

I have been assigned the task of finding a 2 NAS solution with Redundancy for approximating 100 Users. Size for  storage requirements is 2TB and primary use will be File storage/Backups and possibly Print server.

I am confused whether i need a Windows Storage Server R2 such as the dell http://premierconfigure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?cs=RC1050265&customer_id=RC1050265&oc=PE2950WSS1&~tgt=global_cfg&c=UK&l=en&s=PAD
as we have only windows clients and i would like the AD share/permissions kept the same if this possible ?

or should i consider a solution based on Open-e NAS such as http://www.av-digital.com/AV-NAS2000.html

Key Requirements

Need to Purchase 2 NAS units (1 at each site)
Only 1 NAS to be used, But Both must replicate data for DR purposes, i.e Snapshots or true file level replication
ISCSI - Not Sure if this is a better option for DR purposes ?
Able to attach a External LTO 3 drive
Ability to install veritas Backup exec agent for NAS backup to Tape on weekends

If anyone can has purchased a Open-e or  Windows SS R2 NAS. Please can you advise which would best suit my requirements


Thanks







Namster_1974Asked:
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BPiotrowskiCommented:
I would go with the Windows solution - purely for the fact that you can run Backup Exec on it and your LTO drive - directly attached (Confirm with dell about the SCSI connection needed for the LTO drive).

I would also use windows DFS - to make the replication happen between the two sites. (I am not 100% sure that DFS is available on storage server OS - but confirm with MS - I know you can on a standard version of Windows.)

Also - I think you can join the Storage Server to a domain - and have it assign the same rights as you would on a regular file server.
-B
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