Please recommend storage (with backup) solution

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by bigcat, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I only have MBPs in the house and we can no longer store all the music, photos and videos in the macs themselves.

    What I am looking for is storage in our LAN to store all that. I want something that can also backup such information (redundancy) so a single drive failure can be recovered from. This place should ideally also support time machine backups.

    I am not an expert in the topic, and google produces a number of products, I am not sure what's good. I was wondering if anyone here has found something that can be recommended.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am kind of liking the Drobo FS. Any one used that product?
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I already have an Airport Extreme. In the setup you explain, the itunes libraries are not being backed up right? I mean if that drive is fails, there is no backup.
     
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    Horrible, our company has two Drobo Pro's sitting on the floor in the server room because they failed SO often (and they are slow).

    I wouldn't do this, especially if your looking for a backup solution as well. I highly recommend a Synology DS212J for your needs. It supports Time Machine backup (and Windows if you ever needed it), it is fast, reliable, and redundant.
     
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    Thanks for feedback. I have actually been looking at Synology. Now one thing I forgot to mention I want to do is stream videos to our PS3s. Some of the videos are m2ts (high def produced video camera), I know PS3 Media Service can stream those fine. I am not whether Synology (or any NAS) for that matter can do that natively.

    My other thought is to try and use an older server I have and try to build a NAS myself using a linux server, or FreeNas (nas*****), or openmediavault?. I have enough 1TB hard drives laying around to do that. I guess the thing is, if I go the Synology way, will I still have to build a server separate to be able to stream the videos.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    It's perfect for the PS3, as it uses DLNA & UPnP. You would not need a separate server.

    From Synology: "Media Server allows you to stream multimedia files with an UPnP® Digital Media Adapter (DMA) to a stereo system or a TV-set. Sony® PlayStation® 3 and Microsoft® XBox 360 are also supported."
     

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