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I have been following NAS trends and prices for a few months now. While there are 2 bay diskless NAS for anywhere between 150 to 250$ + tax and 4 bay diskless NAS for prices 300 to 400 +tax, I recently came across the Lenovo D400, which is a 4 bay NAS, running Windows Home Server, with one single 2 TB for 369.00 + tax +free shipping.


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Question: Why would the NAS boxes from the likes of Synology, Dlink, Cisco, Qnap, Thecus etc which use a stripped down Linux OS be much more costly than a WHS running 4 bay NAS with 2 TB hdd.

Am I missing something here? Please enlighten.

Thanks,
Vishnu Rao
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  1. vishnumrao said:


    Question: Why would the NAS boxes from the likes of Synology, Dlink, Cisco, Qnap, Thecus etc which use a stripped down Linux OS be much more costly than a WHS running 4 bay NAS with 2 TB hdd.

    Am I missing something here? Please enlighten.

    Thanks,
    Vishnu Rao


    The big things that business level storage devices provide that WHS does not are:
    - iSCSI, and
    - the ability to get away from CIFS as a communication protocol (yikes)

    Performance for home use isn't a big concern. WHS will make a great media server.
    But if you want to run a database, or a busy website (or 5) then it won't keep up.
    Same is true if you are editing video beyond birthday party quality.
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