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.