Should I build it myself (iSCSI Storage) or use AS5008T ?



  • Hello,

    I have this product in my country, selling for 1000$ which due to my country have high taxes.

    It supports the following:

    Windows + Mac + Linux cross-platform file sharing
    A multimedia hub for your photos, music and movies
    Your complete backup solution
    Support for RAID 0,1,5,6,10 and hard drive hot swapping
    Equipped with 4 Ethernet ports that support failover and link aggregation
    SMB 2/3 support increases Windows networking performance by 30%-50%

    And while i am looking at its features and and even Vmware certifications for NFS I am pleasantly encouraged to by this product for my company. bu I cant help but wonder what stuff like SAM-SD does, I mean why cant I use a full fledged OS and good motherboard and fill it up with the same WD RED NAS HDD and create RAID 10 , and have the benefit of full fledged OS. I am certain Centos 7 can do this, Wondering what are your thoughts cause I reckon it would be alot cheaper for 1000$to get motherboard + CPU + case + Ram and it should do more and beyond than this device with its crammed linux, and my device can be updated faster and easier. Wondering what are the risks, or it all depends on how competent you're in doing this, if your competent enough going your own path and making your own server is better, right ?

    Sorry for any typos writing this with the monitor turned off, due to recent Epi-LASIK



  • @msff-amman-Itofficer said in Should I build it myself (iSCSI Storage) or use AS5008T ?:

    Hello,

    I have this product in my country, selling for 1000$ which due to my country have high taxes.

    It supports the following:

    Windows + Mac + Linux cross-platform file sharing
    A multimedia hub for your photos, music and movies
    Your complete backup solution
    Support for RAID 0,1,5,6,10 and hard drive hot swapping
    Equipped with 4 Ethernet ports that support failover and link aggregation
    SMB 2/3 support increases Windows networking performance by 30%-50%

    And while i am looking at its features and and even Vmware certifications for NFS I am pleasantly encouraged to by this product for my company. bu I cant help but wonder what stuff like SAM-SD does, I mean why cant I use a full fledged OS and good motherboard and fill it up with the same WD RED NAS HDD and create RAID 10 , and have the benefit of full fledged OS. I am certain Centos 7 can do this, Wondering what are your thoughts cause I reckon it would be alot cheaper for 1000$to get motherboard + CPU + case + Ram and it should do more and beyond than this device with its crammed linux, and my device can be updated faster and easier. Wondering what are the risks, or it all depends on how competent you're in doing this, if your competent enough going your own path and making your own server is better, right ?

    Sorry for any typos writing this with the monitor turned off, due to recent Epi-LASIK

    Whst kind of support is provided with the ptoduct?


  • Service Provider

    Even in the US, SAM-SD is essentially unbeatable on price, at least when you are building your own. Nothing realistically comes close to it.


  • Vendor

    @msff-amman-Itofficer said in Should I build it myself (iSCSI Storage) or use AS5008T ?:

    Hello,

    I have this product in my country, selling for 1000$ which due to my country have high taxes.

    It supports the following:

    Windows + Mac + Linux cross-platform file sharing
    A multimedia hub for your photos, music and movies
    Your complete backup solution
    Support for RAID 0,1,5,6,10 and hard drive hot swapping
    Equipped with 4 Ethernet ports that support failover and link aggregation
    > SMB 2/3 support increases Windows networking performance by 30%-50%

    And while i am looking at its features and and even Vmware certifications for NFS I am pleasantly encouraged to by this product for my company. bu I cant help but wonder what stuff like SAM-SD does, I mean why cant I use a full fledged OS and good motherboard and fill it up with the same WD RED NAS HDD and create RAID 10 , and have the benefit of full fledged OS. I am certain Centos 7 can do this, Wondering what are your thoughts cause I reckon it would be alot cheaper for 1000$to get motherboard + CPU + case + Ram and it should do more and beyond than this device with its crammed linux, and my device can be updated faster and easier. Wondering what are the risks, or it all depends on how competent you're in doing this, if your competent enough going your own path and making your own server is better, right ?

    Sorry for any typos writing this with the monitor turned off, due to recent Epi-LASIK

    The only reliable SMB3 stack comes from Microsoft, so be ready to spend $800 on Windows Server Standard (unless you're ready to abuse MSFT licensing and use free Hyper-V Server for that purpose). Samba doesn't go anywhere anytime soon IMHO 😞

    Yeah, this is exactly what you want most probably. No hardware vendor will give you any flexibility SAM-SD has.



  • @matteo-nunziati

    Just Warranty, and firmware updates. Nothing fancy



  • @KOOLER

    To be honest you sound right, cause I have another device and its running Linux custom OS and provides SMB 3.0/2.0 support via SAMBA and it does function but it has its weird moments so I have to rely on custom script for users on Windows 7 and upward to mount password protected network shares, which does not work if the users did it via the GUI of map network drive, regardless what setting I play with from the user side or the NAS side.

    Hmm it seems it is always better to follow the open approach and have the benefit of re-purposing or run any other Operating System.


  • Service Provider

    @msff-amman-Itofficer said in Should I build it myself (iSCSI Storage) or use AS5008T ?:

    Hmm it seems it is always better to follow the open approach and have the benefit of re-purposing or run any other Operating System.

    The only real benefits to closed systems is if you get into the enterprise speciality support range like EMC or if you are too small to be able to build it yourself - meaning something so tiny that normal hardware won't work like a two bay desktop unit.



  • Have you considered a backup ready node like StarWind does for example https://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-storage-appliance? They usually go preconfigured having all the required licenses including VEEAM. As far as I know, iSCSI/SMB/NFS are present and there is an option to seamlessly offload your backups to the cloud. Unfortunately, it is currently out of my budget so I am using their free product https://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-virtual-san-free which converts two of my older storage servers into a single mirrored backup pool. Works great so far.


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