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Looking to add an additional piece to our company.  We are in the process of looking for a NAS to store some ISO images, vm images, programs, and possibly use it for VM storage if needed.  Does anyone have any recommendations good or bad or how they are working for you in your environment? Looking for something under a few thousand with a couple TB.
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We have been using the QNAP 209 with (4) WD 2TB RE4 drives and well they are FAST and reilble.

QNAP is a new device to us as well but its a mini server with all the zing.

Avg read/write speeds are 100MB/s PLUS, with the (4) 2TB drives our final useable is 5.3TB tons of space and speed.

Product Page for QNAP
http://www.qnap.com/USEng/Products.asp
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by:xema
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My 2 cents:
The system should not be FAT formated or you  won't be able to store DVD ISO images because the 4 GB limit of FAT
I'm using a Promise SmartStore NS4600 in a similar configuration as Mutogi, it works well BUT, no support.  The firmware hasn't been updated in the las couple of years and Mac's Lion is unable to connect.  I tried  a LaCie Big Four but gave me a lot of problems.
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by:Mutogi
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The QNAP is EXT4 no FAT here, in a nut shell if you have a FAT systems NAs device, pitch it quick, no way to stop people from stealing info, FAT (no security)
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by:Callandor
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Take a look at this site - they review NAS units and post performance comparisons: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-charts/bar/5-r5-filecopy-write

QNAP, Thecus and Synology are the top manufacturers.
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I've been happy with my Iomega PX6 (I have two). B&H Video has some nice kits; you can get 10TB usable (in RAID5) for ~$1500
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by:thomasdavis
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Thanks for the comments so far.  I'm going to leave this open for another couple days to see if there are anymore then i will reward points.
Thanks
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Thanks for the comments
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