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Feb 28 2010   5:53PM GMT

Hardware based iSCSI Storage

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so in the last post I mentioned some software based iSCSI storage options. In this post I wanted to talk about a great hardware based option for the SMB.

I’m sure most of you have probably heard about the company QNAP. Well QNAP makes great network storage devices both for home and for the SMB corporate world! Now I’m not advocating using this to replace high end storage devices, but this is a great solution for the SMB for secondary archival storage at a cheap price point.

For example, the QNAP 459 Pro model has the ability to have 4 drives installed in it (the product comes without drives and you buy the drives you want and install them), and then you can create your raid levels and carve up your storage to present to your servers. The QNAP is rated as one of the faster network attached storage devices out there and the operating system is a cinch to use. If you go to QNAP’s web site you can even try a live demo of the interface to get a feel for what it would be like to manage the device.

You could easily buy the 459 Pro and toss in four 1 TB drives in a RAID 5 for under 1500 bucks after tax and shipping. That would give you 3 TB usable space!

Not only does it present the storage, it also supports thin provisioning and remote replication. The best part? QNAP is on VMware’s hardware compatibility list so you can use it in a home test lab to try out all sorts of sandbox scenarios.

-RP

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