[ale] DIY NAS vs Boxed NAS?

Jeff Hubbs jhubbslist at att.net
Fri Nov 30 21:27:12 EST 2018

On 11/30/18 3:26 PM, Alex Carver via Ale wrote:
> Given the proliferation of various boxed NAS devices like Synology,
> QNAP, etc.
Avoid them all. I have never seen such a device used where a situation 
didn't eventually arise where it wouldn't have been a crisis if it had 
instead been a proper admin-controlled Linux system running Samba, NFS, 

The horrors come down to one simple characteristic: having your *only* 
access to the shared filesystem be over the network using the associated 
protocol. An enterprise-grade 26-drive file server I built for A 
Previous Employer^tm was able to scan its shared-out filesystem for 
viruses using ClamAV at over 200MiB/s and was awesome for performing 
searches for files that a user had misplaced due to an errant mouse 
drag. It made squashfs files as online backups every night in parallel 
with printing to tape over a captive net shared with an auxiliary 
warm-spare file server and a derelict Sun Sunfire connected to a SCSI 
tape library.

I could go on and on but really, prefab NASses are for people who don't 
have a way to do anything else. That's perfectly fine, of course - but 
we run Linux to not be constrained like that.

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