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Hi,

I'm looking to add either a NAS or SAN as well as a commercial grade firewall to our network. What recommendations do you have for these types of products?

For the firewall, 10/100 8 port firewall would do fine, or I can purchase a switch separately for something smaller - mostly I'm looking for functionality and protection from outside threats, as well as a durable product.

As for the NAS, we're a small college (30+ users on the network) with a small amount of network storage currently that works well. I'd like to find something that has redundency (RAID 5 or 6 if possible) so that we are protected against failure (minimum 4 drives, 1TB each if possible). Ideally I'd like something that I could open for use by staff members as well, however it'd have to play nicely with AD or have its own management system so that I could grant specific permissions to segregate folder usage on the drive.

Thank you for your input!

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Kevin Swartz, Data Services Administrator
Shimer College "The Great Books College of Chicago"
3424 South State Street
1st Floor - Suite 115
Chicago, IL  60616
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Although we don't use these extensively as neither scales very well - I'm assuming budget is important.  I'd look at buffalo for the NAS and sonicwall for the firewall.  They are good values for their price points.

Sent from a mobile device. Please excuse any typos or shorthand. THX.

I agree with the Sonicwall for the firewall.  For a NAS I recommend a NetGear NAS.  It has worked well for us and was relatively inexpensive. 

 

Jason Rinne

Systems Administrator

500 E. College Street ∙ Marshall, MO 65340

P 660-831-4088 

rinnej@moval.edu



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Although we don't use these extensively as neither scales very well - I'm assuming budget is important.  I'd look at buffalo for the NAS and sonicwall for the firewall.  They are good values for their price points.

Sent from a mobile device. Please excuse any typos or shorthand. THX.


I would add that you may run into performance problems with a NAS, in which case you might consider specifying that the NAS provide iSCSI as well as file-level sharing.  We have used OpenFiler with Polywell as the hardware, which provides both file level and iSCSI sharing.

John

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