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Looking to purchase a NAS for my office

I'm looking to purchase a NAS system that will work with my office I have 5 virtual servers and I have 5 desktops I want to be able to backup from all files and folder. I have looked at the http://reviews.cnet.com/network-storage/iomega-storcenter-ix2-200/4505-3382_7-33787886.html
its not getting a lot of good reviews but it is a good price. I want to stay under 300-400 dollars if possible. any ideas thank you
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Muzafar MominCommented:
if your are interested on free(open source) solution then go for open filer, it is easy to setup and use
http://www.petri.co.il/use-openfiler-as-free-vmware-esx-san-server.htm
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Juan OcasioApplication DeveloperCommented:
We use ReadyNas Pro in our office.  IT's a great device and has been working extremely well for us. It's a bit more than what you want to spend (with 2 TB) of storage.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3594542&CatId=2671
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MicMaticCommented:
I've got myself an Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 last month. I've read lots of reviews and decided to buy it.

I really like it. Some reviews state it's very noise and it gets very hot, but it's not that bad. When it's running, you can hear some noise, but imo it's not that loud.

When I copy large files from the NAS to my SSD, I reach speeds up to 45-50 MB/sec. To an external HDD I reach 25-27MB/sec.

2TB mirror, very very nice. The GUI is quite easy to use, and there are a lot of features!!!


If you need pure speed, I'd go for a Qnap (if you have enough cash ;-))
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xmlmagicianCommented:
there are so many good products. I like buffalo and netgear, never had any issues with them
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rllaughCommented:
I tend to trust CNET reviews, that being said I would recommend this little NAS http://reviews.cnet.com/network-storage/synology-diskstation-ds410-nas/4505-3382_7-34006041.html?tag=rvwBody It has a lot of good features but the downside is it is about a hundred dollars over your budget. Take a look at it maybe if you're lucky you can find one on sale. Good luck.
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gatoraidabCommented:
As stated before, Synology is the best bang for your buck right now.  If you can even go the extra mile and get the DS1511+, the options they have in it are limitless.  Synology has the capabilities to do so many different things for you in the long run, and the ability to expand later if needed is always there.  
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thinktechsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Thank you so many good choices now to do some more research and figure out which one to get thank you. I was leaning toward the iomega and also the synology nas system they look to be the best bang for the buck.
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jimmyray7Commented:
We recently got a Synology DS1511+, and I've been very impressed with it so far.  We're running 3 hosts and about 15 VMs off of it via NFS (it can do iSCSI as well).
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dee_nzCommented:
Are you wanting to use the NAS just for backups or as production disk for your virtual machines?
If you want to use it as production disk then check if the ix2-200 supports iSCSI - I dont think it does?
The speed of the NAS & hard disks will have an impact on your virtual machines performance.
We have just got some Iomega Storcenter ix4-200d NAS and are using them for branch office disk to disk backups, I have found them to be good.
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