Choosing a Small Business NAS



  • @scottalanmiller I see lots of different models from ReadyNAS and Synology. Are there specific models that should be used in a small business environment?



  • Hi @Danp

    I have a similar thread going you might find interesting.

    http://www.mangolassi.it/topic/6715/10-pc-office-data-storage-recommendations/127

    It'll really depends on what you are looking to do with it.

    Take a look at the other thread. It might answer your questions!


  • Service Provider

    It's far less about specific models and really all about size (capacity), speed and form factor. All of the good vendors, like Netgear and Synology, have the same OS and features across their product lines.

    So you really look at:

    • Rack mount or desktop form factor
    • How much capacity do you need in TB
    • What RAID level do you want: 6 or 10
    • How much performance do you want from the system


  • @scottalanmiller said:

    the same OS

    I have no experience with Synology to speak of, but having used QNAP's and owning several Netgear ReadyNAS (2x2100 and 2x3200), I think I lean towards QNAP these days. They are cheap and powerful. Also I hate the ReadyNAS "RaidAR" app for maintaining the devices. Why Netgear couldn't put together a decent Web UI blows my mind. Freakin "Net" is in their feakin name, and they historically have been an electronics company for network devices. Browsers should not be new to them. sigh.


  • Service Provider

    @drewlander said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    the same OS

    I have no experience with Synology to speak of, but having used QNAP's and owning several Netgear ReadyNAS (2x2100 and 2x3200), I think I lean towards QNAP these days. They are cheap and powerful. Also I hate the ReadyNAS "RaidAR" app for maintaining the devices. Why Netgear couldn't put together a decent Web UI blows my mind. Freakin "Net" is in their feakin name, and they historically have been an electronics company for network devices. Browsers should not be new to them. sigh.

    The RAIDar app is just for initial detection. ReadyNAS has always been a web interface to maintain going back a really long time, at least. RAIDar is many years, maybe a decade, more recent than the web interface and even the most current has a web interface. You never need the RAIDar, that's just for non-IT people to set it up if they don't know how to get to a web interface on a system that has not been set up for L3 networking yet. It's definitely web and the same style web interface as their other gear.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @drewlander said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    the same OS

    I have no experience with Synology to speak of, but having used QNAP's and owning several Netgear ReadyNAS (2x2100 and 2x3200), I think I lean towards QNAP these days. They are cheap and powerful. Also I hate the ReadyNAS "RaidAR" app for maintaining the devices. Why Netgear couldn't put together a decent Web UI blows my mind. Freakin "Net" is in their feakin name, and they historically have been an electronics company for network devices. Browsers should not be new to them. sigh.

    The RAIDar app is just for initial detection. ReadyNAS has always been a web interface to maintain going back a really long time, at least. RAIDar is many years, maybe a decade, more recent than the web interface and even the most current has a web interface. You never need the RAIDar, that's just for non-IT people to set it up if they don't know how to get to a web interface on a system that has not been set up for L3 networking yet. It's definitely web and the same style web interface as their other gear.

    I swear I have never seen the webUI, but if it exists I bet it requires an HTTPS prefix that I probably didnt provide. After much thought tho, I bet they did RAIDar for a consolidated nas management application they couldnt pull off with a web browser.



  • @scottalanmiller
    Ill be damned. I just checked and there is a web UI I never saw.


  • Service Provider

    I just upgraded your NAS for you :)



  • @drewlander said:

    @scottalanmiller
    Ill be damned. I just checked and there is a web UI I never saw.

    Aren't you glad you posted ? ;)


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