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  • Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

    My servers are at capacity. I bought a 300GB ATA drive to put into my DC, being a DELL Power Edge 2800, but there's no IDE ports!!!

    My next option is to put in a SAN/NAS product, but I'm not sure which to choose. I know there are performance and maintenance issues with a few, so I'd like to ask you guys if you use such a product and which is the best in terms of reliability, maintenance and performance.

    Currently, I have dibs on a Netgear SC101 ATA SAN. Thanks for your time
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    Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

    I've looked into the SC101 before for personal usage. Unless things have changed in the past month or so, it uses a proprietary format for data (can't throw a HDD from it into a PC and vice versa, expecting to read the data either way) and it's got flaky stability issues.

    Too bad too, it looks like a great idea! Best to check on Netgear's user forums for updates, as it's VERY busy.
    http://forum1.netgear.com/support/viewforum.php?f=38

    NASLite may be something to look at as well:
    http://www.serverelements.com/
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    • #3
      Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

      Do SAN/NAS products support NTFS and can I easily setup folders on the device with NTFS restrictions as if it was on a domain server?
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      • #4
        Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

        Has anyone else have experience with IDE SAN/NAS solutions?
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        • #5
          Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

          Coincidentally I've been reading up on some stuff today, this looks promising, albeit not consumer cheap.

          http://www.infrant.com/
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          • #6
            Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

            Not IDE but I cant be happier with my

            http://www.infrant.com/products_ReadyNAS1000.htm

            Cheap, Easy, and integrates nice with AD..

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            • #7
              Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

              Can someone pls explain to me how to implement a NAS solution? How do you stop access to parts of the drive?

              Would I have to share the NAS drive thru my windows server? Can I stop anyone from the network from accessing the drive without first going thru the windows server?

              Thanks
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              • #8
                Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

                ~The problem with low end NAS is that none of them offer a complete solution. They either dont have AD support or no print server etc. And most of them run their own kernel.

                Buffalo Tech seems to be the best at the low end of the market.

                http://www.buffalo-technology.com/buffalo-home.php

                However for a few dollars more, you can enter the real world of NAS with Windows Storage Server (WSS). I'm a fan of the FibreCAT N20i as an entry level WSS NAS. WSS will solve all your problems/questions

                http://www.shopmagenta.com/product/FUPRA3N.aspx
                http://www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk/pro...ecat_n20i.html

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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

                  Thanks Jod. If they have no AD support then how does the sys admin control access to the contents of the NAS where 100 users are involved?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Looking for a SAN/NAS solution

                    Exactly!

                    You have to configure each box with individual local users/groups or leave security off <shudder>. Also the lack of NTFS is a major security concern.

                    WSS is the key if you are running AD as your central security model. It is worth spending that little bit extra to get the full functionality and just getting your NAS to particpate in DFS is a winner for me.

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