How noisy is it? Is it Data Centre/Computer Room only or is it usable in an Office?
I think it is a tad expensive to be serious competitor to Synology etc.
Western Digital (WD) has revamped its SMB NAS lineup with a Server 2012 Essentials system that I find hard to hate. I have never been comfortable with the idea of WD entering into the server space; it's a disk-peddler, what could it possibly know about servers? This is the second generation of these units I've had in for …
I've been looking at setting up a home file server for media storage and general abuse; the one option I considered generates large amounts of noise, heat, drink power like an old 60's vintage air conditioner. (surplus poweredge 2950 G3 chassis loaded with 6x SAS drives, with a surplus MD3000 shelf loaded with 15 more SAS drives) It'd be enough to run media storage and a VM test lab environment, but at an expense.
If I could swap the shelf with a reasonably purpose built NAS that could handle NFS ir iSCSI well enough, then I'd be sold.
Look up the HP N54L. About £200-250 but comes with a £100 rebate.
Four drives slots, will take up to 16GB memory, quiet, low power. Huge following (search for N36L, N40L or N54L
I put a low profile graphics cards in mine and upgraded the memory. Serves as general NAS and media center. Plays 1080p flawlessly.
Total outlay after rebate depends on how many drives you buy for it.
The WD Sentinel DS range is very quiet and does not need to be positioned in a computer room. Full images of the product can be found on the WD website. WD will be showcasing the new product at IPExpo next week if anyone is attending.
Note I work for WD and just wanted to respond to your comments.
QNAP recently released its new line for SMB, and it includes the option of placing dedicated SSD for caching, a nice expansion system to increase the number of drives, and loads of software features like storage pools and support for all the latest visualization and iSCSI bells and whistles...
And it runs Linux, not Windows... that alone should be a good reason ;)
Apparently these start at £1600?!
For that kind of money you're not *too* far off REAL SMB NAS from real tie 1 providers!
What does this do that I can't do with a HP Microserver? I have two (40L and N54L), both cost me about £200 and both came with £100 rebate each…..so £100 for each little server a tony bit bigger than this WD server. A little extra spent on upgrades and they’re a workhorse. Of my two:
- One has 7 drives in it (they have drive 4 bays but you can squeeze more in the top) and serves as my NAS / Media Center. A copy of XBMC makes it a mobile cinema. All that was needed was a graphics cad and a memory upgrade.
- The other is my 16GB VMware play box that is currently running Xpenology (like QNAP Synology but home edited) and a few other OS's
Raid 5 onboard is nice but I can’t help think this thing is priced too high to compete with the HP Microserver (which has taken the home user world by storm) and also priced too high for the Small office……Maybe i've just never looked at the price of tings in this range!
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