Thecus' N8800PRO With Open-E DDS 6.0
Regardless of your experience level with network-attached storage devices, Open-E DSS 6.0 (actually, a customized version of the software installed on our appliance) is easy to set up and configure thanks to a number of helpful wizards, a well thought-out Web interface, and unambiguous menu designations.
After logging in for the first time and entering a license key, you can start setting up the NAS server. It's a five-step process if you're configuring the device for a Windows-based network: configure the network card, configure the software RAID, creating a volume group, create users, and configure network shares.
Most folks will typically set the system up using a wizard after logging in for the first time. That involves choosing an interface language, picking an administrative password, configuring IP addresses, selecting a time zone, setting the time, and assigning a server name. The German builder who sent our sample already specified a default configuration, though, so we were able to skip that step entirely.
For the hardware price, I'd go for a Dell R510. it's about the same price. Then I'd run CentOS 5 or 6 on it. CentOS can do most of what this thing can do with no cost. Or the business could opt for Win 2k8 r2 for $600 more or MS SBS for $800 more and get an easier to manage system that any yahoo proclaiming to be an admin could fix.
IOP performance is garbage on SATA drives, and I've seen FreeNAS do a better job than what was portrayed in this article.
As far as the performance, I'd say it was right in line with low end devices using iSCSI.
Any iSCSI devices you can pretty much count the 1GB ethernet link as the bottle neck, which puts it around 100 - 125 max. 2x Multi pathing may bring that up to around 190, but good luck achieving usable transfer rates of 250+ as peter claims.
For the money i'd choose dgingeri's dell in a heart beat.
Al changes , done to the storage , were done in some xml files of the application
Needles to say that whenever you did anything in command line , the web apllication would not recognize the result
That said, keep up the good work in your core space Tom's!