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October 26, 2011, 7:06 pm

>> which can add another five drives

I wondered why it had support of Raid 5/6, not really much use for a 2 drive setup.


October 26, 2011, 10:20 pm

The ProCurve 1700-8 only has one 1Gbps port and seven 100Mbps ports?!


October 27, 2011, 2:29 am

I recommend that anyone thinking of buying an NAS googles for the HP Proliant N36L.

You can find these for around £230 but there's a £100 cashback from HP if you buy before the end of October. Also advisable to add at least 4GB RAM (around £25).

I have one of these and a Synology DS410. The 410 is great as everything's set up and it can do a hell of a lot out of the box. However the CPU is too slow to do justice to the RAID array and Gigabit network. Also it's not a full OS so you're limited in what you can do on it.

The HP comes with no OS. However there's FreeNAS, which is almost a free version of the Synology software (it's unrelated but does much of the same stuff via a web interface). Or you can install Ubuntu, or Windows Server 2008 R2, or all of them using the free VMWare server software.

By the way FreeNAS can format the drives as ZFS, which in many ways is better than RAID5.

Also the CPU is far more powerful and can saturate my Gigabit network; I get double the read/write speeds I get from the 410. Well I do when FreeNAS runs directly on the machine; when running it as a VM I get half that. More tweaking may yet solve that though.

Given the price unless you really don't want to do any work yourself then I recommend getting the HP. Installing FreeNAS is pretty easy; you install it to a USB key and run it from there. There's even a USB slot inside the HP that's ideal for secreting a USB key. Setting FreeNAS up is less easy but still not rocket science.


October 27, 2011, 10:35 am

Thx Bugblatter for that information. Will look into the HP !


October 27, 2011, 3:02 pm

Because it can be expanded with the DX510 to make a 7-bay NAS server....

Carl Abudephane

October 28, 2011, 2:03 am

This gives you a potential 21TB setup with blazing performance for around £800

Isn't the key word here 'potential'?
£800 buys you the empty units, NOT a 21TB set-up. How much would an ACTUAL 21TB set-up cost, after filling these with seven 3TB drives?

Just wondrin' is all - if £800 bought me an actual 21TB set-up then I'm there in minutes handing over the cash. I can afford the potential set-up, not so sure about the actual one. 3TB drives(quality ones certainly)aren't exactly cheap are they?


October 28, 2011, 1:33 pm

I found that the HP ProCurve 1810-8G has eight 1Gbps and supports "four trunks of four links each" and costs about £112 incl. VAT.


October 28, 2011, 1:43 pm

@Stexo9990: Did you actually read my reply :), especially the bit were I do the quoting.


October 28, 2011, 11:47 pm

If you look around, especially on ebay, you can get a 3TB drive for around £100.

Your best bang for the buck is currently 2TB drives.

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