NAS Boxes

Hi All,

My company is moving in the direction of acquiring NAS Boxes for backup storage. We are planning on using image backup softwares.

I was wondering if I could be recommended NAS Boxes that are of quality, and can be expanded with additionals disks?

Secondly, do NAS Boxes come with an embedded OS (Windows OS)?

What are your thoughts and recommendations for the below NAS Boxes:
NAS X1600 G2 - 6TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 12TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 24TB
ben1211Asked:
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andyalderCommented:
HP NAS X1x00 G2 are industry standard servers running Windows storage server 2008 R2, not only will they integrate with AD like any other windows server (you can't make them DCs though) you can run backup software directly on them as well as using them as remote targets. The license covers any storage related application software, even SQL as long as it's part of that application, e.g. Backup Exec using SQL Express for its catalog.
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Just a thought... My issue with most nas boxes is the lack of ad/ldap integration so I usually just pair a direct attached storage with a Mac mini or something.
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mkuehngoeCommented:
Iomega storecenter ix2 intergrates smoothly with AD. So do the Qnap series, though more expensive.
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profgeekCommented:
I like the Drobo boxes.  They allow you to mix and match drive sizes (and vendors), are hot-swappable, and have built-in redundancy.  They aren't cheap but they work.

http://www.drobo.com

They have a variety of configurations you can choose from.  There are locally attached and standalone NAS, depending on your needs.  They also handle virtual machines in some configurations.
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ben1211Author Commented:
andy....so are you saying the HP NAS boxes mentioned below come with a built in Windows OS? And you mentioned Win 2008. Would this be a problem if my servers are running on Windows 2003 Server?

NAS X1600 G2 - 6TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 12TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 24TB
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andyalderCommented:
Yes, built in Windows 2008 which is on a couple of 146GB disks in the rear cage. It won't matter that you are running a 2003 domain since it just acts as a member server. The 12 and 24TB models have all the drive bays populated, the 6TB one has 6 empty bays. Extra expansion is available with an external SAS enclosure.
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ben1211Author Commented:
Andy are you saying this NAS boxes come with Windows 2008, and Not Windows 2003?

NAS X1600 G2 - 6TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 12TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 24TB
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andyalderCommented:
Yes, Microsoft® Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 operating system pre-installed - http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13839_div/13839_div.html

The version isn't really relevant though, you're meant to manage them through the Storage Server GUI and pretend you don't know anything about Windows being installed on them.
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ben1211Author Commented:
guys....would you know if this NAS boxes come with RAID? And hot swappable disks?

NAS X1600 G2 - 6TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 12TB
NAS X1600 G2 - 24TB
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andyalderCommented:
They all do, read through the quickspecs.
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