Until recently my preferred go to method for a cost effective solution for extra data or a large backup destination (for Shadow Protect) was to have a NAS and use the ISCSI initiatior to join that storage to the server as an additional drive.
This was an alternative to purchasing another file server to be added to our environment.
A lot of our clientele are small to medium business and they don't have the budget.
Or they have a lot of data that needs to be backed up and USB external drives don't have the capacity or translation speed for Shadow Protect continous incremental backups.
What may have been a bad month, I've become disenchanted with this method. On 3 varying NAS brands and different ISCSI setups.
I've had a QNAP NAS which was being used as ISCSI connection for an ESX Vmware datastore lose it's static IP and drop to DHCP. The server was acting as DHCP so got 169 address
A Netgear NAS have it's ISCSI partition show up as RAW within the operating system. As well multiple disk failures (about 3 in 2 months for a NAS less than 1 year old)
A Buffalo Terastation NAS which was being used as a repository for backups have a disk failure not take 2 new spare HDD as hot swappable (still a work in progress)
They're just some examples of the troubles I've been faced with.
And was wondering if you have any preferred methods you use for your own clientele base.
I'm keen to find another way.