After watching the Lawrence’s video about the Super Micro SSG-6019P-ACR12L and my own experience from running FreeNAS on my Home Lab, I am very interested in building a storage server rather than purchase one from a vendor. I work for a small nursing home we have a very small IT footprint compared to other places I have worked. Currently have 2 Hyper-V servers with replication between them for DR. I would love to setup fail over between them but that is currently not possible with the current SAN. The IT support who handled this before have the iSCSI connection directly setup with the file server VM instead of the VM host. My overall goal is to migrate to XCP-NG and have FreeNAS as my storage backbone.
Money is always an issue and getting a quote from a vendor like Dell or HP is going to make heads roll at their prices. My main hesitation for not building my own is that I would not have a vendor support contract but again adding all these things would be very expensive. I have used super micro boards at home and they feel very rock solid to me.
I don’t need a very powerful server or tons of storage but I would like something that has room to grow. I would probably end up trying to get 2 so that I can setup replication between the 2 for DR.
If you guys had to build your own NAS, what parts and drives would you pick? Some of the highlights that I like about the Super Micro SSG-6019P-ACR12L
- 10 GB NICs
- 1U - Rack space is very limited.
- Dedicated IPMI port for management
- PCI-E 3.0 Expansion cards.
- 12 Bays