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NAS or Server or Network Share

  • 31-03-2009 12:25pm
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    A small office has 5 windows computers (4xXP, 1x2k). All 5 run a few apps with the data stored on a network share on the 2k machine - with lots of I/O. This machine needs to be upgraded. They'd rather not go the server route if possible. Would a NAS solution do? Would it be faster than a share on a new computer (dual/quad core, plent of cache, 4gb, 32-bit, fast drives). The new computer would continue to be used as a workstation, so would have that load to consider, inc. anti-virus etc as well as the sharing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,164 ✭✭✭hobochris

    It would do the job, but IMO a separate machine would be better, as any file restriction policies you want to implement may not be possible on a NAS.

    Personally Id pick up a cheap second hand machine and refurbish it with bigger hard drives. you'd easily do this for under €500(with a fair chink of change) and have a few terabytes of space to show for it.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 91,454 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight

    sharing is not processor intensive so you don't need a fancy PC

    make sure the 2K machine has a gigabit card.

    upgrade it with a SATA controller and add SATA drives for data.
    if you could get a SATA mirroring controller happy days :)

    DO NOT USE RAID 0 , it is faster but if a either drive fails it's game over.