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Which is the best NAS OS for my VMware

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Am about to configure NAS server with 10x 300GB HDD that I will connect my 2 ESXi 4 servers (HP BL680), which is the best NAS OS out there that is easy to use (User friendly) that is compatible with ESX 4?
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by:crazyn3wf
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I wouldnt want to recomend something for you without know alot more about your setup but i would take a look here for a few options

http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=3858
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I highly recommend QNAP products.
http://qnap.com/

I do no work for them but have used their products as a consultant with ESXi 4 integration as ISCI devices
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by:saastech
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also, if you are planning to build your own NAS. I recommend FreeNAS OS. I haved used it but mainly for a testing environment.
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I use openfiler in my vsphere lab at home for iscsi
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I would suggest if you are setting up a production environment you should not use any of the open source NAS products.
They all have their issues and support is effectively via your chosen forum.
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If you must use an open source product Open Filer is likely the easiest to setup and manage although I do think support even via forums is quite poor (Sorry Open Filer gurus).
I have found FreeNAS is difficult to setup and manage, this maybe my lack of experience with the product but I had equally no experience with Open Filer and managed to set it up easily.
I have since broken Openfiler twice and found it near impossibly to fix so I rebuilt on both occasions.
The fact is I believe neither product is production ready but work within the products limitations and it functions very well.
TIP. Create your logical volumes with all disks included as adding a disk and expanding the volume is near an impossible task.
I do run an OpenFiler in the LAB.. It works extreamly well, is stable and performs nicely.
I have configured NFS for VM host storage and have played about with iSCSI and CIFS. They all function fine but I believe NFS offers better performance with less network utilisation.

I am running this all on an old HP DL380g4 with 6x 146GB U320 disks. I have now attached an external array to it via a 6402 array controller and will test this also..
Pitty there's no dedupe functionallity, but what do you want for free..

Hope this helps
   
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I belive freenas and openfiler are getting updated very soon

http://www.ixsystems.com/ has taken freenas under its wing as an opensource san suite

and open filer current release is over 1 year old and I have seen internet chatter about a new version latter this year  
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If you are looking for user friendly, consider StarWind Software under Windows. Commercial level support and documentation; production ready. Good news bad news is that it runs under Windows so it is easy to use and you may want to patch and reboot every month. www.starwindsoftware.com.
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StarWind isn't NAS, it is iSCSI but that works just as well for VMware clustering.
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All reviews seems to work for me
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