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Home NAS

Whilst i am not new to Computer NAS is one area i have never really used or even considered using.... Way back when i had desktop computers, when i could just slap in another drive and be done with it.

Today though is diffrent, its time to bite the bullet and look into NAS, and i need some help, Performance is a MUST not only will i need to store serious ammounts of data it will be accessed and used constantly, to get me started i have some disks SATA II i can use so a diskless setup would be ideal...

NAS Uses...

Photo Storage (Currently 1.01 TB and growing at the rate of 1.11GB Per Month)

Media Storage (Current: 14TB - + 50GB Per Month

Music Storage (iTunes: About 150GB)

ownCLOUD (1tb used + 2GB Per Month)

Right now most of this is either stored at home or with OVH depending on how often i use it.

This is a large household, theres 2 Adults, 5Kids.

All In thats, 8 Mobile Phones of 8GB or More, 5 Digial Cameras at 8MP or More, 4 Laptops, 2 Tablets, and 3 x 3HP DL385 Servers that serv my current storage needs.

On the basis a dual disk NAS will supply me with 4TB (2x2Tb) that would be the best place to start, at some point im going to have to look for some propper serious alternatives but right now its all about budget.

So what do you all think, i got a maximum of £150, must be 100/1000 Ethernet and offer up somthing in the area of decent performance

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Clarification Request
"50GB Per Month"

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Your post is unclear to me. If you + 50GB a month then how would a puny 4GB NAS be an option here?

It sounds like you would need a garage or container to house a data center then a second and third data center to hold a year's growth.

Something sounds off here.

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For that amount of money, I'd say you're better off waiting

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At least as each device dies, you're only losing whats on it. When you NAS device fails, you've lost all of it. Serious amounts of data require serious amounts of redundancy in a backup scheme which is something not mentioned in your plan.

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I understand you said you'll be looking into a serious solution later, but right now I'm looking at all of the storage you say you need (like what, about 16 terabytes all together and growing about?) and it really looks like a dual-disk NAS won't really make a dent in your storage needs. I agree with the above poster. That's only 4 terabytes and that's not even considering the risk of losing your data if something goes wrong with the NAS.

And again, I know you said it was all about budget right now, but I would really consider consolidating your data in one centralized place, preferably with RAID and some form of backup so you don't risk losing it.

With all that storage it really sounds to me like you'd need a serious storage device. I'm currently using the CU1200 at home and I've been pretty happy with it. It has 12 hard drives, can configure automated backup and comes with hardware RAID so if anything goes wrong your won't end up losing all of your pictures and everything. If you want to check it out Something like that would probably be best.

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That's serious stuff.

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Let's hope they understand disaster planning with off site backups.

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