[kwlug-disc] NAS in 2013

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Nov 12 00:49:39 EST 2013


On 11/12/2013 12:34 AM, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> I may be interested in putting together a NAS box, and I am not sure
> what is good these days.  FreeNAS? OpenFiler? Something else? 
>
> The use case is to set up a backup server -- other servers will send
> their backups to this machine. For that reason I do not really want
> the redundancy of ZFS or btrfs. I think I want a bunch of drives
> (maybe even the hated WD Green drives, which we currently possess)
> that act as a bunch of disks, shared via NFS, SAMBA and iSCSI
> block devices. It is this last feature that makes me think of using
> one of these NAS distributions as opposed to a simple Debian box. 
>
> Suggestions? Corrections? Horror stories?
>

NAS4Free is the successor to FreeNAS ie
http://wiki.nas4free.org/doku.php

The last time I looked at it, it had a very functional and clean
interface with plenty of capability under the hood.

One thing with ZFS is that you may want to save your Green drives for
something else:
http://wiki.nas4free.org/doku.php?id=warnings

The pre-wrapped solutions are getting nicer by the day, but if you want
to have full control over the functionality, it is difficult to beat
rolling your own system.  Maybe something like ZFS+Samba4?  Someone
should give a talk on that...




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