filer or server?

By gabrielharo ·
I need to replace an old netapp FA250 that has about 600GB and its shared among ~250 users. Should I be looking for something similar, or a windows server will be sufficient...

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I'm a bit of a skin flint so wouldn't go Windows

by glen.harris In reply to filer or server?

If I understand the licensing rules properly, you're looking at GBP8150 for Client Access Licenses ($9950 if purchased in the US) + the operating system cost, + the hardware.
If you want something other than a non-expandable off the shelf appliance it may be worth you looking at something like FreeNAS or Nasforfree instead of a Microsoft solution. You can read a bit about them on the Distrowatch site. Using one of these you'll still get the huge advantage that a NAS box provides - no malware breeding on the device - but can choose your own hardware and add more disks as you need. Oh, and as the names suggest, there isn't a cost for the OS.

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