Spacenexus
Slightly off topic here but i thought this would be a useful pointer for community members concerned about their brains growing out of control.

http://www.drobo.com/

Effectively a smart data management / redundant backup system that grows seamlessly with your needs. "Take your brain out of that bottle, Igor..."

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Shiiko
Nice!
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mbaas
Jim, do you actually have one of those?
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Spacenexus

No, only came across it yesterday actually but all reviews seem positive. Will provide some feedback as and when i get it.

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JosefBetancourt
Nice looking unit.   I myself have an Infrant ReadyNAS, http://www.infrant.com/products/products_details.php?name=ReadyNAS%20NVPlus

There are so many NAS device out there now, you really have to know what you are buying.  For example, performance varies greatly between them.

--- Josef

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JosefBetancourt
Oops.   Didn't read enough on Drobo, its not a NAS, just a USB connected storage unit.  Nice.   No RAID?   Hmmm.

-- Josef




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Spacenexus
Hi Josef

Was looking at the ReadyNAS which also looks like a great piece of kit. I always understood RAID to require identical sized disks for operation but it appears that the Infrant XRAID system gets around that too. How have you found it? Buffalo's terastation does a similar job.

The thing i like about this drobo is that you can start off with 2 disks that meet your requirements then sometime later add another disk of any size, manufature or SATA I/II format and simply stick it in the toaster, shut the cover and that's it. This is flexibility above and beyond RAID. No configuration or anything. The system will automatically and Locutusly assimilate the disk into its system without any further intervention. And i think that's the key thing; the system is future proof, robust, effective and above all simple.

cheers

Jim
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mbaas
What I would really have loved about the Drobo if it would allow me to take out a disk, store it at home (for a wk or so) and then bring it back and exchange it with another disk - as some sort of home-made disaster recovery. But unfortunately, when you have a single disk (and a new drobo) you can not restore your stuff from there and start again (just checked this with Drobo-support). Pity, that would have been a major argument for my rational brain-side to get one
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JosefBetancourt
Spacenexus wrote:
Hi Josef
Was looking at the ReadyNAS which also looks like a great piece of kit. I always understood RAID to require identical sized disks for operation but it appears that the Infrant XRAID system gets around that too. How have you found it? Buffalo's terastation does a similar job.


The same features are provided by X-RAID.  You can start with one disk and as you add disks they are automatically added to the RAID system, even different sized disks.  The catch is that it use the size of the smallest disk as the per disk size, so going up in size is easy.  I went from 250GB to 500GB with no problems.

The ReadyNAS is very good and solid.  I have an older model.    The fact that it is a NAS means the whole family can easily have access to it.   Very good OS and admin tools. etc.   Only gotcha is that small files are not as efficent as larger files.  I have not tried to use PB4 over the lan with this to see how well it performs.

Note that with the Drobo or anything else, backup is still an issue.

--- Josef

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dschach

all these features (and more) are on Windows Home Server (http://www.homeserver.com).  It backs up my computers every night (including my brains). 

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labische
I use a Western Digital My Book World Edition 1tb -
2 drives - 7200 speed - runs thru gigabit router - fast transfers
accessible to any computer over the LAN - back-up to it regularly with all machines
Brain is in its own partition -
I can sit on desktop and play with my Brain
Out on deck and play with my Brain
also use it with VNC from hotel rooms/offices across the country -
been using My Book for almost a year -- not had a problem yet


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