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| p.1 #1 · FreeNAS, take a look if you need a high-end storage server. |
I just put a FeeNAS system together and I've been testing for a couple weeks.
If anyone needs a high performance NAS storage server, look at FreeNAS. As the name implies the system software s free. It runs on PC hardware. It is easy to set up if you know a little about computers.
The best use case for this is if you need more than 4TB storage and 100MB/sec or better speed. Perfect for large photo or video libraries.
Some of the features are
0) Ultra reliable, data is checksummed from end to end and stored redundantly.
1) point in time snapshots, you can checkpoint the storage and then revert to that point later, good to have after a major "user error" Checkpoints take zero time and space
2) the array can survive multiple hard disk failures and continue with no lost data
3) very high performance, can support many workstations. Can "flood" multiple gigabit Eithernet cables simultaneously
4) runs on a "headless" server, no monitor or keyboard, controlled via a web interface. So you can place the server in a closet, out of the way.
5) Not the best system for small scale needs. Although it does make a good "backup server." That means a place on your network where you but backup data. I use this NAS to backup several computers
6) it is easy to set up "replication". This means a second or third NAS that keeps itself in sync with the main NAS. Typically people will have a second one in a different building or even different city to backup in case of fire or theft of equipment. Only the changes are sent so the data rate can be kept down. Replication solves the problem of "How do I backup my 20TB NAS server?"
Basically you use this as the central data storage facility for a small office or larger home network.
Take a look at
BTW, this is obviously not going to run on that 10 year old notebook PC you found at a garage sale. You need a medium performance CPU, lots of RAM and, of course a chassis that can hold the desired number of hard drives. I'm putting one inside one of these
key specs are "silent" operations and 8 hard drive trays.