Looking for a USB disk shelf/array solution

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am looking for a reliable solution for our (small office) backup needs, preferrably a 8-12TB enclosure that would have 4-6 2TB drives. I'd like them either to be seen as a JBOD or have a RAID5 controller. The server managing this would be a Mac Mini running Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. Rack mount preferred.

Question by:parparov
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    For the storage capacity you need, I would seriously consider a network-attached storage device.  Having something this size attached to a server through USB doesn't sound like the way to go.

    Also, JBOD or RAID5 are quite different arrays.  What other requirements do you have?  Must read/write fast or often, or are you looking for nightly full/incremental backups to an existing server?

    Then you say reliable... well in my experience, you usually get what you pay for.  Which brings me to my next question... how big is your wallet?

    Here are some 8TB capacity (mostly 4x2TB) examples... you will obviously lose storage when you go for speed/redundancy RAID configurations.
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    More clarification:
    Speed is not an issue, it is for:
    lazy backups of people's workstations (also all Macs)
    occasional filer tasks

    NAS is a possibility. Budget and reliability are most important features.
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    by:Aaron Tomosky
    Drobopro is a rackmount 8 bay raid5 kinda setup. Takes up to 3tb drives. About $1100 without drives. You can use USB, FireWire 800 or 1 iscsi target over Ethernet.

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