The company I work for are looking at setting up a NAS like system. What we require is:
- Plenty of storage (4TB+)
- RAID redundancy (minimal 1 mirrored pair)
- Expandability to add more hard drives if needed
Optionally it will be able to run a source control server (Git/SVN) and a web server/database
On the server we will be reading/writing large project file (Photoshop design files 500MB+ and the like) regularly, to about 10-20 clients.
It will need to be accessible by Windows, Linux and OS X. We require files to be locked down based on user permissions.
We are looking at purchasing 2 identical systems, one as a complete offset backup which is communicated to with a short point to point wireless network.
We have looked at 2 possible options:
- A dedicated NAS box which costs about $5,000 each NZD (4k USD, 2.7K Euro)
- Build a custom Linux box sourcing parts directly ($1.5k - $3.5K NZD) each
What would you recommended?
- Buy prebuilt or make our own?
- Minimum specs?
- Anything Im missing?
(To re-iterate, the most important things is OS X compatibility, plenty of storage, cost effective)