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February 25, 2013 4:48:02 AM

I need some advice.

Small company of 6 employees.
We each have an Apple computer.

We are on a very tight budget so hiring IT pros is out of the question. I know I'll probably get flamed but the truth is, it's tough in this economy to survive in business, so we need to keep our costs down for server solutions.

We're looking for a server solution, whereby, the CFO can pull out one of the server drives and take it home with him each day he leaves work. That way we have a copy of stuff on the server at the office, and a copy of stuff off-site at another location (in a safe at his home).

What type of drive system would you recommend? I've been looking at the Hitachi G-Technology Drive System. I doubt we need one of those big rack-type server solutions. I think that would be overkill. We are a small company and won't be expanding beyond 10 employees, probably ever.

We also have a lot of old files that will probably never again need to access for any project, and would like store these permanently off the main server on perhaps a secondary 'old stuff' server that will be rarely accessed.

Can you make some recommendations?
a c 113 G Storage
February 25, 2013 5:06:29 AM

your better off buying cloud storage or off sight storage from iron mountain.
https://cloud.google.com/contact
http://www.cloudstoragefinder.com/
if he does want offsight backup to where he can look and use the files. when company looks for backup storage they look to use a case like this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with a amd or intel mb with 8/16g of ram and a boot ssd for the os. they do is use staa drives and a high end raid controller and raid a set of 5-10 drives. if one or more drive die you still have a chance of recovering your data. the cheap way is buying small nas boxes.
February 25, 2013 5:12:43 AM

Thank for those suggestions smorizio! I will definitely look into the details of each of those cloud storage options and see what they have to offer. There are so many cloud storage places now it's mind boggling.

Looks like I have a lot of reading up to do on drives and storage solutions. I don't even know what STAA drives are? Thank goodness for Google and Wiki and you guy for suggestions :) 
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a c 113 G Storage
February 25, 2013 5:06:01 PM

sata sorry typo. what ever storage system you go with. make sure the boss does not pull the drives in and out. servers and storage areas work the best when you power them up and leave them alone. hard drives when run for 24/7 work fine most of the time..some of them..the grease in the bearings go bad and the drive whines. when i worked or a large storage company the worst jobs were moving units that had been running fine for years. the drives after they cooled down used to freeze. some of them would come up if you rebooted them...some of them that was the end of the drive. (not fun on a unit with 500 drives and 30 or 40 lock up). not only do you have to replace the drive but then run programs to rebuild the data on the storage unit. on small system like yours most people use two drives for min back up and a backup storage software. the better software is one that only back up files that have been changed. (keeps the back up speed faster and the image small). the down side is if there a fire/flood or power spike and both drives get nailed...there goes your data. most people once every six months to a year take a stack of dvd or blue ray burner and burn a full backup to disk. if the data is smaller then 32g you could use a few usb sticks.
if i was building a cheap system to last...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-139-...
ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cpu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
power supply.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cd-rom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
keep the smaller power supply as back up.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ssd.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
x4. 4g mirror raid. cheapest raid..better would be a larger case and use 5 or more drives for stripped.
a c 753 G Storage
February 25, 2013 11:28:11 PM

How much data are we talking about? What I'm getting at is mechanical drives don't typically like being toted about and I was wondering if something more durable could be used. Perhaps flash media, SSD's, or tape.

AS for the server, would all it be doing is serving up files and making a nitely backup copy?
February 26, 2013 4:08:02 AM

popatim said:
How much data are we talking about? What I'm getting at is mechanical drives don't typically like being toted about and I was wondering if something more durable could be used. Perhaps flash media, SSD's, or tape.

AS for the server, would all it be doing is serving up files and making a nitely backup copy?



Hmm I didn't think about that. Good call popatim.

I looked and currently we are at about 1tb of information total. Keep in mind it took us many years to build up this much information, although I did see an increase over the past couple of years for the rate at which our storage needs are climbing.

How much can tapes hold? Why does that sound like really old technology... 'tape'. I feel like we're talking 80's lingo. :lol: 
a c 113 G Storage
February 26, 2013 4:14:47 AM

tapes are used for long term ofline storage of a lot of data. one tb of dats your better off using cloud back up or blue ray burner that does 9 tb on a single disk.
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