Originally Posted by Mfusick
ajhieb you list a $369 disk station with a measily dual Core 1.6 GHz and 1GB memory and it hold only 2 hard drives.
I could write a book about the reasons why that is completely insufficient but I'll spare everyone the trouble and just say it's not (for me at least).
Write your book. Nobody is stopping you. Its a lot better than a lame cop out.
Previously you were complaining about the price of a NAS that can transcode. There were no requirements for disk capacity in that. So I posted a complete solution (minus drives) that can transcode videos cheaper than a license for Server Essentials 2012, which doesn't include drives... or anything else for that matter.... you still need the cheep $200 computer... that, not being purpose built, probably can't do much in the way of transcoding. You want a cheaper NAS to compare to? Hop on newegg, and there are dozens of them that will be every bit as useful as the impotent little celeron box that you've proposed for $200.
You want to compare apples to apples. Fine. But if we're going with current
hardware, and current
OS I can show you a competitive NAS solution to anything you can build when you look at the final cost. Will the NAS have the same amount of flexibility as the server? No. Nobody is suggesting otherwise. But the NAS can likely fulfill the needs of people that are looking to add storage and serve media.
If you want to talk about people needing more than 30TB of storage, then you'll probably find a Server is a better route, just because of the sheer number of drives necessary for an array that size. (not that it couldn't be done) But then you need to start asking who your audience is. Don't you think the people that are building 30TB arrays probably already have a little experience with things and have a good idea what they are looking for? If getting information out there, and helping people is your goal in starting these threads, who is your audience? Who are you trying to help? To what end?
You want to compare apples to apples... that's fine. Tell me what your end goal is, and we can compare apples to apples.
What are the storage requirements?
What are the transcoding requirements?
What's your price point?
Is redundancy a requirement?
Don't just tell me you can build a "server" for $200 and claim it's better than a $370 NAS box... it's cheaper, I'll grant you that, but what makes it better?