The day has finally come for me to create another network-attached-storage (NAS) for my data. My previous NAS, a DNS-323 unit, has carried me with 2 x 2 TB mirrored volumes for months, but this time around, I had several goals in mind.
First, since the file server will be running 24/7, energy efficiency was a priority. The box requires only 35 watts (less when the RAID1 array is idle) thanks to an Intel Atom-based motherboard and Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives. My DNS-323 requires less than half the power (~15 watts), but the pros definitely outweigh the cons in terms of functionality and performance.
Next, I wanted the build to be as minimal in cost as possible. FreeNAS provides me with a reliable, secure, and extensible operating system foundation which I can simply run off a USB thumb drive. Most of the hardware I purchased isn’t state-of-the-art because. There’s no keyboard, mouse, or monitor attached to the box. Hmmm, a barebone system with mediocre parts and a free operating system? That’s about as cheap as you’re gonna get. 😀
Finally, I may not need more than 2 TB right now, but in the future, it may become necessary. With the motherboard’s PCI slot, I can add several more SATA ports for additional hard drives making the option to upgrade feasible and easy.
In other news, I’ve made some minor adjustments to this site’s template to incorporate Google’s Font repository on the spur of a moment. Also, the Poll has been moved into the collapsible/rearrangeable sidebar framework.
It seems like whenever I have a break from rotations, I instinctively go back to my “happy place” with technology. 🙂