We are upgrading our storage capacity and backup procedure where I work, and I would like to have your input on this.
We currently have a Windows Server (HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8: Xeon quad-core 3.3 ghz, 8gb ram) that handles file sharing for the whole office (8-10 employees). We currently use two external USB drives (WD MyBook) in a RAID array as main storage for day-to-day office work. We also use another USB drive for other data less frequently used. The server is running 24/7, and the USB drives spin down after a while of inactivity.
Am I right to think that USB drives as permanent storage is bad practice? We don't actually need them to be removable. Just the backup drives.
So here is the plan:
- Replacing external USB drives with 3x 4TB (or 6TB) internal SATA drives (RAID5 array)
- Put all the data we own on this array so that the storage is centralized
- Re-use the USB drives for backups only.
So for the most fast, reliable and robust solution, is the internal drives option the way to go? Are there any PROs of going the external USB drives route?
EDIT: I should mention too that we will probably eventually have a PostgreSQL cluster in there. I don't know if I should use 2 separate RAID arrays for the cluster and the rest of the data