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Our company is looking for a good value in a NAS


Our company is looking for a good value in a NAS  

It is going to be just for user files so we get them off the server to someplace that gets backed up more regular, has redundant power, safer raid and the likes.

The NAS is going to be located in India.  

We are considering the lower end American Megatrends server.

We also had a Dell / EqualLogic that is now 6 years old.  It has not appeared to have ever went down.  

What "good value, small NAS" servers have you had experience with ?   Yes I know now to google this and ask the salesman if there product is good….  I am looking for positive experience with a NAS that works :)

EMC and NetApp are too expensive for this need.  We just need 2 TB of Cifs storage that works and continues to work. Easy to work with an does not have the "COW" snapshot ( copy on write ) would be a big plus as the netapp disk type snapshot would be preferred as we will need to back  this thing up !   I understand that "COW" snapshots can get messed up if you try to snapshot under heavy load.  

Suggestions ?
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Get a decent used enterprise server, like a HP DLxxx series from ebay.  You don't need a lot of CPU power, nor do you need a RAID controller.   Put in 2 or 3  2TB SATA drives (but make them enterprise class).    Load Solaris or one of the open versions of solaris on it, and configure it as a ZFS mirror  .     ZFS gives you hot snapshot backups,  data compression at the filesystem level, dedup, online expansion, and so much more.

 CIFS support is standard in the O/S.  This will cost you much less than a crappy American Megatrends server that uses desktop drives and doesn't have any of the benefits of ZFS.
Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
I'm also a fan of zfs. Easiest way is to use a distro like zfsguru.
TIMFOX123Author Commented:
Thank you soooo much

Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Also, supermicro makes some great and affordable gear and they also have very inexpensive HBA for their low profile chassis. One of my production boxes is a supermicro 24 bay and everything but drives was only 4k.
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