Help with choosing a new NAS

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
Our company is currently looking at getting 2 new NAS devices.
We currently have a couple of Snap Appliance NAS devices that are a couple years old now.
We have had some small problems with these that we have had to work around because of the Linux Based OS that they run.

The main problem is that the OS does not support "System" as a user for permissions and one of our vendors that we have several network applications from use the "System" user, so we have it running on one of 2000 member servers instead of the NAS.

I was looking at Iomega with 2003 Storage Server OS and was thinking that being a Windows OS it probably supports the System account.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me their experience running Windows 2003 Storage Server OS, or using Iomega NAS devices or could recommend a good NAS solution for around $5000.
Question by:Luke92881
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    Buffalo has very similar nas devices to the SnApps.  They also have some raid capable devices.    

    So what are your requirements for the NAS?  raid, size speed, network attached, protocols (So far only smb/cifs), you said 2.  For backup or redundancy?  

    Size and raid are usually the highest costing options.

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    We currently have 2 NAS devices that are only 500Gb each. They both have 4 drives in a RAID 5 setting.

    They both have dual gigabit NICs set in load balancing and both are a mirror of each other. One of them is in a different building that is used for Disaster Recovery. We use Second Copy to transfer data every night to the 2nd NAS at the moment.

    We do have Snapshot capability at the moment and that is a feature we would like to keep on any NAS we purchase. We are using SMB.

    Our current NAS devices are actually still using IDE hard drives just to give you an idea of what we currently have.
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    Assuming that the speed of the current implementation is just fine.

    I would look at the buffalo technology devices with raid.   The smb/cifs implementations have come a long way since the introductions of the SnApps.   You can get into TB sizes, for the pricing you are looking at.  I don't know if they have snapshots, but I wouldn't be surprised.

    I've looked at the HP windows solution, but I was looking at a 3tb system, they wanted 8k.
    I've also look at the snapvault system, (I think it's great, but I needed NFS performance) 13k.

    IDE or SATA, you should be fine.

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    Thanks for the info!

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