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    isn't the real benefit of a NAS that you can access the data from any connected media around the house? So if you want to watch a stored movie or show someone family photos on the TV then you just stream them from the NAS. Or if you and the Mrs want to work on shared documents then you can do this easily from one NAS disk rather than having to share files between "his and hers" laptops.

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    I find those HP Microservers a pile of underpowered poop..

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    Quote Originally Posted by radish2008 View Post
    Why not just get a decent UPS ?
    Because that doesn't provide any backup security.

    Might be worth considering at some stage in the future, but at the moment it's not a requirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stek View Post
    I find those HP Microservers a pile of underpowered poop..
    So as per the thread title, what would you recommend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFaQQer View Post
    So as per the thread title, what would you recommend?
    A mini-itx box with a suitable processor. If its just a NAS get the Pentium G4560 otherwise get an i5 or i7 for VM use and as much memory as the machine will take. Then add an NVME card as the basis of the VMs..
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFaQQer View Post
    So as per the thread title, what would you recommend?
    I bought an Oracle 7xxx series (can't remember exact model) Unified Storage box, £600 off ebay, 12tb with flash storage too for caching, bargain.

    Bit power hungry (about 300w idle I think) but in the 4/5 years I've had it it's never need anything, disks all fine (12 x 1TB 3.5" SAS) plus I can hook some fibre up to it if I could be arsed anymore.

    I've had enough of doing what I do at work at home too and as others here, seem to be storing a load of drop I don't need - I've hived off the important stuff, docs, pics etc to cloud and just garnering the courage to blat it and maybe flog it.

    Got a DS3400 (24TB) too and TS3100 tape changer too, 24 slots, LTO3, too much crap to be honest, and almost a full time job to keep on top of.....

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    I have a couple of sharecenter's They are not massively high powered or speedy but they behave very well and at £50 they are cheap.

    I have one in the house, one in the manshack. Both hidden against human threats.

    Copy off site the really important stuff as well.

    If you have more than a couple of Terabytes of essentials then you are an exhibitionist.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFaQQer View Post
    So as per the thread title, what would you recommend?
    I have a WD DL4100 does everything I need (Media Flie share for iTunes and SONOS, Time Machine backups & Plex), upped the memory and stuck in 4 x 2TB WD RED drives and was fine for the 18 months I have used it, the drives have shown errors but not sure the NAS can be blamed for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stek View Post
    I find those HP Microservers a pile of underpowered poop..
    Stick a Xeon 1265L and 16GB of RAM in it and it will be more powerful than your DS3400 and likely the Orcale box too, you don't need FC for a home NAS especially when coupled with noise and power consumption.

    Even the basic Celeron + 4GB RAM is more than what's in the sub £600 consumer NAS, same form factor and enterprise level of hardware support for a fraction of the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sal View Post
    Stick a Xeon 1265L and 16GB of RAM in it and it will be more powerful than your DS3400 and likely the Orcale box too, you don't need FC for a home NAS especially when coupled with noise and power consumption.

    Even the basic Celeron + 4GB RAM is more than what's in the sub £600 consumer NAS, same form factor and enterprise level of hardware support for a fraction of the cost.
    That's as maybe but my point was more about the quality of components, everyone here seems to be suffering with failing drives, dead NAS's and ailing HP Microservers, the DS3400 and Oracle 7120 (both second hand) have never missed a beat in 4 years. I don't fire up the DS3400 much tho now - used it for POCs etc before trying it at clientco.

    The Oracle box is basically an X4500 I think with 32gb RAM, two Xeon's, 2x1TB 3.5" mirrored boot drives, this odd flash-memory card, and 12 disks stuffed in the front on SAS RAID, pretty powerful even now I think. And a LOM so I can remote on/off it.

    Having said that can't be arsed with it anymore - 90% of what's on it is crap.

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