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NAS Storage Cloud Storage Option

We are planning to introduce NAS storage to our mixed Windows/Apple environment. I hope to create a cloud environment, for a small number of employees to access for select file storage/access, not as a primary source of file storage.

Am i naive to believe that the "cloud" portion of this setup is simply going to involve assigning a public IP Address that i translate through the firewall using NAT?

I also have an owner; Apple user, in need of additional file storage. From what i've seen he is suffering from a common storage problem with iPhoto, and needs to push this to external storage. I'm hoping to accomplish this by adding the NAS storage device and pushing his iPhoto over to it. REF: http://www.cultofmac.com/172491/move-your-iphoto-library-to-an-external-drive-to-save-space-os-x-tips/

Additionally, the owner has a large music library; which he accesses primarily through Sonos. From what i've researched, Buffalo brand NAS is compatible with Sonos. His Music library alone, is not of as much concern as his photo library, so i would open to alternatives to the Buffalo NAS devices.

Ultimately, i'm sure this is going to come down to performance. We are in the process of upgrading our bonded T1 (3MB) to a 10MB Ethernet solution with AT&T.
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mtsdemoCommented:
Have a look at the freenas project. http://www.freenas.org/

I use if for this exact setup.
I have a spare PC box, with 8 drive bays.
I filled it with spare drives, and installed freenas.

It supports iTunes/iPhoto libraries very well,
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mray77Author Commented:
That is very helpful. Just so everyone knows, i'm in the process of exploring both solutions. We are primarily a Windows shop with Dell hardware, so if this is accurate regarding Sonos requirement for CIFS/SMB, then i would imagine Dell would be able to provide me a suitable NAS.

In terms of assigning a Public IP to a NAS, how would i control access at that point?
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