We are doing some future plannign for our studio network. Some of our kit is getting a bit old so we want to start gradually updating things, plus we have add two new designers in the last 12 months. So what worked for my partner and I doesn't really scale to four people!
We need to replace our file server (currently a BW G3 tower with some extra hard disks stuffed inside) which is really slow and almost full. It is just used for serving files. We cannot afford an Xserve (well we could at a push if that was what everyone recommended) so want to explore other options. So far we have come up with:
* NAS plugged into our ethernet network
* A Mac Pro as a file server (just like we had our BW G3), perhaps running OSX server
I'm sure we should have RAID but I get lost over which (0,1 or 5) we should be using.
The NAS option looks cheaper -- there seem some amazing deals on 1TB NAS boxes. But I am worried that they will be fast enough and Mac compatiable?
The Mac Pro seems overkill, though if we downgrade the graphics card and put extra drives in it would be great I'm sure.
Anyone any thoughts/ideas?