Multilingual filers shatter storage-standard barriers
Competing file sharers from Adaptec, Celeros, Dell, and NetApp speak iSCSI, NFS, and CIFSFollow @pvenezia
These products -- and their prices -- highlight a perfect storm of technological innovation. Fast processors, lots of RAM, and big hard drives are cheap these days. One top of that, a solid software base can turn anything into a fast filer. For smaller shops that need to bring in big storage in a hurry, any of these solutions will be right at home. They all have the caveats that come with lower-cost storage, but then again, they wouldn't be low cost if they didn't. Notably, OpenNAS, an open-source filer OS, can do most of what any of these products can do for just the cost of the hardware.
One perfectly reasonable implementation of any of these devices is in parallel. It's difficult for smaller shops to maintain strict tape backup schemes from both a personnel and cost perspective, but given the cost of these devices, buying a few simply to maintain a nearline backup is a terrific idea. They're cheap -- get two, and reduce backup/restore concerns. As front-line filers, they will do fine up to a point, and then it's time to break into the piggy bank for some higher-end storage, which definitely comes with a higher-end price.
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