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Can someone give me a good network storage solution?

One of my clients wants to eliminate an entire computer from their small business that is just used for storage and wanted to buy and have me put in a network storage device.  Can someone give me some suggestions?  We are looking at 2TB tops and I would like it to be an easy setup because I don't want to kill them on hourly rates.  Also, it would help if I didn't have to purchase any additional software to keep costs down.

Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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tchristman
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asawatzkiCommented:
If you want to turn a normal computer into a NAS, you can use http://www.openfiler.com/ .  But that may be more horsepower than you're looking for if you only want 2TB and want a quick and easy setup.  But gives you more options for backups, its a free OS, and you can use an existing computer.

If they don't already have a wireless and would be interested in that as well, you could combine a Wireless Router purchase that can also operate as a stripped down NAS (such as the 3200 series http://home.cisco.com/en-apac/products/routers/E3200).  You'd only need this and a 2TB external drive.

Or you can purchase a small home NAS device such as http://www.amazon.com/Buffalo-Technology-DriveStation-External-HD-LB2-0TU2/dp/B003ZM17PM .
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shahzoorCommented:
better to go for online cloud storage
depends what you want to backup
check this link out
May be it will help you

https://www.sugarsync.com/sync_comparison.html
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n4th4nr1chCommented:
2TB is nothing, you can buy single hard drives that hold twice that now. So that works in your favor.

I recommend nexentastor, which is free for up to 18TB, and has a nice web interface, plus all the benefits of ZFS.

Other good options are openfiler, freenas, or just run windows or linux box and share it out.
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CallandorCommented:
The best performing NAS boxes available for consumers are made by Synology, QNAP, and Thecus - you'll find comparisons and features here: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-charts/view
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rafter81Commented:
I'd go with a QNAP NAS, they are brilliant.  Depending on the features and performance you want will dictate the price - but they are well priced anyway!  For small business the TS-412, 4 disk in a raid 5 config would give good stability.
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