NAS vs. Server
Posted on 2011-10-20
Okay, so at my company we're planning on replacing one of our servers as it's pretty old - Old Dell PowerEdge 6650 from 9 years ago. It's still up and kicking, but we want to see about getting something a little bit faster - see if we can increase it a bit. Now, one thing that I was thinking of is getting a NAS to do what this thing does, which I'll explain below. I know NAS's can have great storage space, but I'm not sure about it's speed. It's also a lot cheaper than a server, as the cheapest one I could get from Dell is supposedly $2155, which makes me want to just buy a cheap one from Ebay with no hard-drives and buy them separately if anything.
So, this server is basically only a mapped drive. Employees save files to it, open them from it and edit them, the usual. It gets backed up daily with SyncToy to another server. I don't think it would be a bad idea for a NAS, but I just want to make sure it's what we need.
It's about 200 users, give or take. Most likely less. So a small business. Just a Lot of files are opened continuously from that server, so it slows it down a bit.
Thanks a lot for all of your suggestions.