iSCSI Storage Solution

I am currently designing a new storage solution for our campus network drives. I am planning to get a Netgear ReadyNAS 4200 with 36TB of storage. This would be configured with RAID5 which would mean approx 27TB of usable space.

I want to use the drive with iSCSI for the windows sharing/NTFS permissions. I would break the Netgear down into 6x 3TB iSCSI targets and attach them to a virtual machine. Each target would then be allocated to a department for network storage. I thought this would be a good idea to work with smaller partitions for diagnostics like chkdsk etc.

Would love to hear some feedback about this design from you pros out there.

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Gajendra RathodConnect With a Mentor Sr. System AdministratorCommented:
I recommended use RAID 6 or RAID 5 with hot spare. This will give two disk failure protection.

Allocate 80% of total space to current requirement and leave 20 % free space for future scope.
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