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Re: NAS raid with Debian?

On 04/04/2013, at 11:21 AM, Joel Wirāmu Pauling <joel@aenertia.net> wrote:

> You are best to build your own, given that the majority of cheap NAS
> boxes use Freescale ARM or even MIP's chips. The poor little buses in
> these things are barely able to transport between 10-50mbit between
> the CPU and attached storage devices. So your performance is always
> going to be marginal. Certainly nowhere near the performance of a
> cheap x86_64  based board attached to a Sata disk.

In my experience Most non-x86 NAS platforms are based on the Marvell Kirkwood SoC, which actually does a pretty good job of serving data. I can get 300+ Mbit of NFSv3 out of my iomega ix2-200 running wheezy and a 3.8 kernel.

> On 4 April 2013 13:00, Rick Thomas <rbthomas@pobox.com> wrote:
>> Are there any readily available, inexpensive (US$200-500), NAS (Network
>> Attached Storage) boxes in the 1-3TB capacity that are capable of running
>> Debian and NFS?
>> I'm looking for a device that can export a RAID-1, either ext4 or ZFS,
>> capacity in the 1-3TB range (two disks, each of that capacity, mirrored) via
>> NFSv[34] with gigabit networking.
>> Any suggestions?  Any experience to share?

As above, the iomega ix2-200 meets these requirements, and I only paid about AUD$280 for mine including 2x1TB disks 2 years ago. You can probably get them even cheaper these days. They were much cheaper than equivalent QNap or Synology boxes at the time. I'm experimenting with BTRFS on mine at the moment, which seems to work at least as well as EXT4+RAID 1 for my work loads.


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