I have a company that needs some onsite storage, they have outgrown their Dropbox type arrangements, it will just be a file server no email or anything else
We have put in a number of Windows servers in the past, but the licensing cost are so high we are considering a Linux server for this install.
They run a mix of win 7 and OSX laptops and there's around 20 - 25 users, they are mainly using word docs, but there is some video media that would need storing (not accessing and editing) also 2TB of it.
Access permissions (directors have access to all files, then users in different groups)
Backup offsite and on(we may back this up back to another office for offsite backup)
Remote access that is synced (ie available offline) could use Dropbox just have one account or have considered running http://owncloud.org/ for sync, but haven't used it before.
Also remote access that is not synced, just VPN
4TB of useable protected storage. (raid 10?)
Overall budget is £1500 - £2000
Have considered using a NAS but would prefer the flexibility of a server
Originally considered using an NL40 Microserver as we run a few of these anyway with varying OS and ESXi but I'm not sure they would handle the IO (anyone have experience with this)
Also not sure if a virtual machine would be better rather than a straight install.
Considering an Ubuntu install.
Any suggestions and practical experience greatly received