Originally Posted by Mfusick
You sir are correct.
But you can do drive pooling without using flexraid. There is many free alternatives.
I do think FLEXRAID is worth the cost- since it give you parity back up and the ability to recover a failed drive or rebuild a failed drive. That's a lot more than just drive pooling, and certainly an appropriate feature for a media server.
I think the advantages of drive pooling + software raid+ Parity Back up are a major reason why a WHS server is much more appropriate than a NAS box.
What do you do with a NAS box to back up your media ????
I know you can run hardware raid- but that takes twice the amount of HDD's and adds tons of cost while cutting your storage space in half.
Sure it might make sense for a few drives- but what if your media library grows. ???
I have 14 HDD's in my server now. I certainly would not want to buy 14 more HDD's to back them up with hardware raid.
NAS boxes are starter options- and when you outgrow it your screwed.
On the ECC memory issue- You can get the model that does not have that BTW..... Or spend the extra $$ and get error recovery / correction and prevent data rot with ECC. It's not a deal killer either way.
I was not challenging your build. I was posting to the guy who challenged me.
I could build a simpler cheaper server for $250 from all new parts still using the 1155 platform. But he wanted dual INTEL LAN... so I figured why not make my point with a true Supermicro branded motherboard build and dual INTEL LAN.
You can even step down to LGA775 builds for sub $200. Or there is that $299 SUPERMICRO alternative to a NORCO 4220 thread... that gets you a whole server too.
Tons of options.
You and I are both right. The NAS idea being cheaper or better is the only wrong thing in this thread.
NAS = simplicity. Small. Easy. It's decidedly for someone who values this over performance, or value- or expandability and upgrade path options. NAS is limited and not cheap, whereas real servers are affordable and highly customizable. You can go really cheap- or you can go really high end - and anywhere in between.
What is one of the free software that does drive pooling?
Stepping down to the 775 setup or that norco alternative can be cheap but you will pay for it in electricity. I am constantly in Tier 4 which is 30c kWh in the winter months.
The 412+ that the OP was looking at can be expanded with either 2 or 5 more bays using an expansion unit. Performance wise I have not seen a difference between running what I run on the 1812+ vs on my local machine. Most of the stuff happens in the background and if something takes an extra 30 sec to unrar, I won't notice it. If you get in to transcoding video all that goes out the door, Atom CPU doesn't have the power.
The NAS option is not
cheaper, but depending on what you are looking to do you can't say it's not better. A leatherman has a screwdriver in it, but I wouldn't want to put my computer together with it.My thoughs for the OP:
NAS = simplicity at extra cost. Low power draw, small size.
WHS = cheaper but more tweaking needed. The sky (and your wallet) is the limit.
HTPC/Server All-in-one = good way to do it if you need a HTPC. More functions in one box, less power draw and physical space than having multiple computers. LanLi makes some nice mATX cases that hold 7 drives, but they are not cheap. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112300
The one downside to having the HTPC and server AIO setup is if you are doing changes, rebooting, restarting things and you have a SO trying to listen to music or watch videos you may be in for some grief.