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Small IT job help?

pixa241pixa241 Member Posts: 207
OK so I am setting up a small business with a NAS so they can store scanned documents, which is basically all they will be using it for, but it will be A LOT of documents. They have 5 computers running windows 7. They want the NAS to be reliable and as future proof as possible, and to be able to backup the files in case a hdd fails. Pretty much they want to be sure none of their documents will ever fail. What are some good NAS in the market right now? They didn't really specify a budget so much as the features I noted above.
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    fifrascofifrasco Member Posts: 27 ■□□□□□□□□□
    what's the budget like?
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    fifrascofifrasco Member Posts: 27 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I've had great success with a Qnap TS-569 Pro storage system for a little department.
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    antielvisantielvis Member Posts: 285 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I can't comment on the make or model of a NAS but if you want to back up the data on the NAS, look at Amazon Web Services Glacier backup. It's slow but it's dirt cheap (like 1 cent a GB).
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    TLeTourneauTLeTourneau Member Posts: 616 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I have had very good experiences with Synology DS1513+ and DS1813+ in the small business space. Budget and requirements will help determine the hardware.
    Thanks, Tom

    M.S. - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
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    scaredoftestsscaredoftests Mod Posts: 2,780 Mod
    I have a LaCie 1TB drive for our home. I think it'd be great for a small office. Their customer support alone is aces. When mine went down during a major outage and got corrupted, they replaced it free of charge and I got it in 2 days.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
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    cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
    As others have said, budget is the key element. Synology devices are definitely highly regarded in that space. Finally, make sure they understand nothing is 100% safe, secure, or reliable.
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    pixa241pixa241 Member Posts: 207
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    As others have said, budget is the key element. Synology devices are definitely highly regarded in that space. Finally, make sure they understand nothing is 100% safe, secure, or reliable.

    Well shebsaid there really is no budget, and like you said I told her nothing is 100% but she wants to get close to it as possible. Also will the NAS for instance if I get a 4 bay one with 1TB hdd with raid 5..can they later switch the hdds to 2 tb for instance?
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    TLeTourneauTLeTourneau Member Posts: 616 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Any decent device should allow you to increase capacity in that manner. The better devices in that space are SAN/NAS and have multiple forms of connectivity including iSCSI which can improve functionality.
    Thanks, Tom

    M.S. - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
    B.S: IT - Network Design & Management
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    pixa241pixa241 Member Posts: 207
    Any decent device should allow you to increase capacity in that manner. The better devices in that space are SAN/NAS and have multiple forms of connectivity including iSCSI which can improve functionality.

    What would you guys also suggest be the best RAID setup?
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    scaredoftestsscaredoftests Mod Posts: 2,780 Mod
    What I did at a former job, (since the budget was almost nill), was to get a RAID enclosure)to accommodate 5 hard drives..hook it up to a spare machine. It was less than $300 to do.
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    TLeTourneauTLeTourneau Member Posts: 616 ■■■■■■■■□□
    pixa241 wrote: »
    What would you guys also suggest be the best RAID setup?

    For redundancy, probably RAID 10 or 50 plus some form of off-site synchronization. Again, it depends on the budget and requirements of the client. Without that information it is difficult to make an informed recommendation.
    Thanks, Tom

    M.S. - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
    B.S: IT - Network Design & Management
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    pixa241pixa241 Member Posts: 207
    For redundancy, probably RAID 10 or 50 plus some form of off-site synchronization. Again, it depends on the budget and requirements of the client. Without that information it is difficult to make an informed recommendation.

    Yeah they dont really have a budget, they just want something that works. They will only store documents in black and white,which will be its main use as of right now.
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    TLeTourneauTLeTourneau Member Posts: 616 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Well then I would go with a Synology DS1513+, hard drives that get you the capacity you want in RAID 10 or 50 and a gigabit switch that supports link agrigation for the 4gb ports on the Synology. :)
    Thanks, Tom

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    B.S: IT - Network Design & Management
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    pixa241pixa241 Member Posts: 207
    Well then I would go with a Synology DS1513+, hard drives that get you the capacity you want in RAID 10 or 50 and a gigabit switch that supports link agrigation for the 4gb ports on the Synology. :)

    Exaclty what I sent her. Thanks for the advice guys!
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