need external storage for mac mini server

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by btwong, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. btwong macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2011
    I am working for a company that is about to upgrade their old G4 server, to a mac mini server edition.

    We want this mini to manage all logins, shares, security settings, internal intranet hosting, etc, but our problem is that we need about 2-4tb's of storage for all our files, and these files must be able to be managed/permissioned/etc by the mini server.

    We have been quoted for a usb/firewire attached raid setup - but i worry that the firewire/usb will be the bottle neck in regards to transfer speeds to and from the server and the attached storage. Is this where a thunderbolt setup would be idea?

    Can any one give me some suggestions on what extra storage i should/could get to be the space up to about 4-6 tbs (and must be a raid setup!)

  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Take a look at synology's NAS systems. They're highly Mac-friendly and there's solutions to suit most budgets. Sounds like a 4-disk RAID5 would probably be your best bet.

    Don't forget backup too - even RAID arrays can die unexpectedly (I'm speaking from bitter experience!)

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