I can't define a single function for it. It will primarily be to hold tons of everything. Videos take up the most space, I'm putting all my movies, all family recordings, etc. into it. Many of them will be uncompressed, raw stuff. They take up massive amounts of space. But I'm also going to do everything else with it I normally do. Virtual machines, tons and tons of software, content creation, games, arcade emulators, anything I can think of. I guess I'm just a little tired of needing to build a machine every time i try a project. I just want one ultimate one now, based around lots of hard drives.
I've not been convinced to use NAS yet, mostly because it sounds to me to be a storage solution with a more restricted OS than full-scale Windows/Linux, and maybe just because I don't understand it or have less control (can't really tell). I like the Norco units, no real problem there, that's an option. I also like those ADdonics boxes, and when I was looking into those, the ones with the build quality I preferred were the ones from istardock (see here
). WHy? They are made of metal vs. plastic. I need to go through my notes to figure out which sas card expander thing I would need (I still don't really understand how to choose one, but i have a list of recommendations from here and around the web). The two separate servers might be a good idea, I might even just use my current desktop (which has like a 7.8 windows performance rating
) as the storage server, and the xeon/dual i7 thing as the high-performance vm box, what not.
Shades, I was thinking the same thing about Windows server 2012, I really want to give it a shot. Especially the latest R2 version (preview version
), because they supposedly significantly improved their drive pooling features.
Stoic...that sounds awesome, maybe I'll do something like that also.