Looking for fast 2 disk NAS.

Skillz'n Magic

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I'm looking for a fast 2 disk NAS to use for daily backups off a SAN.

Requirements:
I will be putting this at an off-site location so I need something reliable that won't lockup.
I want a two disk setup to cut down on MTBF. It would be long drive to replace a HDD.
I want to run a RAID 1 and have at least 1TB of usable space.
I don't want to spend more than about $800 as this will be "temporary" (about a year or so).
Speed is important.

So far the best candidate I've found is the Synology DS209+. It's the fastest NAS I've found in my price range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822108017

I figured I'd get that and add a couple WD RE3 drives to it and I'd hit my budget of $800.


I'm looking for input from you guys. Anyone have this Synology? Or do you have a better candidate?

Thanks.
 

Cyant

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nitrobass24

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The DS209+ is a great unit if you looking for a plug n play nas solution.

When it comes to speed and reliability, the only thing I can think of that would be better would be like an VIA or Atom based barebone, but then you would have to support an OS as well, and I dont think that is what you are looking for.

Really the DS209+ is great and packed with features.
However you if have a drive fail, its no Hot-swap you have to power down and swap.
O and dont upgrade the SO-DIMM ram as it will void your warranty.
 

DonDon

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A good source for this type of information is SMALL NET BUILDER. A quick look at his charts shows that you have made a great choice with the DS209+ as it is twice as fast as any other 2 drive NAS out there and you don't have to deal with the setup and ongoing maintenance issues of a DIY setup. His reviews are very thorough, and his only complaints are that it is pricey and that you can't hotswap the drives.

I would go with WD GP drives to minimize heat buildup and the fact that I do not know how TLER interacts with a RAID 1 setup. RE drives are really meant for a RAID 5 or 6 setup.

I would also pay a visit to Synology's web site and find out the biggest drive that they support and go with that. Better safe than sorry.

Don
 

Skillz'n Magic

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Hmm...looks like my last post didn't survive the db crash. :)

To sum it up: I've decided to go with the 209+

Cyant - This is going into a rack we lease at a data center or else I would definitely go with a DIY setup.

Nitrobass24 - Thanks for the non-hot swap info, I didn't catch that before. This will only be used to house backups so taking it offline in the event of a HDD failure.

DonDon- Thanks for the links and suggestions. I took a look at their compatibility list and think I'll go with a pair of 1TB Caviar Green drives to keep thermals down.


Thanks again for all your responses.
 
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