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Old July 10, 2008, 03:23 PM
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My boss has been looking for a good NAS storage that can support 4TB, RAID 5 and has a Gigabite Port. I've been looking at the Synology DS508 as it has great speeds but can't find too much in the way of long term stability etc. I also have to keep the price under the $2000 - $2500 including the drives. It seems that selection is a bit limited here in Canada also (of course I could be looking in the wrong places.

So that's about it, unfortunately he won't accept me building one as it's too time intensive and that would really increase the cost of the unit.

Thanks in advance.
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Old July 10, 2008, 04:40 PM
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I honestly don't see how building one would be "time consuming".
Pitch this to your boss:

Basic mATX board (with PCI-E) with bottom of the line CPU :$200
1GB RAM: $20
80GB OS Drive: $60
3Ware 9690SA-4I plus a breakout cable: $400
4x 1TB HDD of your choice: $200 per (an arbitrary price, since I don't know if you plan on using RAID enabled drives)
Case: $100
PSU: $100

Total cost: $1680

Might be a little more if you want rackmount.
Oh and the great thing about the 9690SA is expandability. With SAS Expanders, it supports upto 128 drives. Try THAT with a standalone NAS system.

Oh and there's no OS due to the fact that you can run Linux (if you have the knowledge) or FreeNAS if you don't.
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Old July 10, 2008, 04:59 PM
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Yes, that's $1680 plus $100/hour for me to build and configure it :) I guess I should have stated that it's for a client so they get billed for any hours I have to spend on it. And that's where any extra time spent can really make a difference in the final price.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to do a project like that. It just wouldn't fly for our business unfortunately.
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Old July 11, 2008, 03:22 AM
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@hawk, you can not get 4Tb and RAID 5 out of 4 1Tb drives. I know Nodscene was not perfectly clear but the Synology rig noted is a 5 drive unit.

I do not own one but Synology has good reviews. I doubt you would have a problem with stability. Even if you have to reboot it every week what can be expected from a couple grand? What does he expect to do with this "NAS"? Does he realise that RAID is not a backup? Cheap businesses are generally not worth doing business with.
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