Originally Posted by dlewis23
I'm looking more of a slice of a san. I don't want to run the storage my self. I want something like amazon S3 but that costs too much for the amount of storage I need to start with, so thats why I was also looking for a simple NAS solution since some of them look cheaper then something like S3.
But every place I'm finding is around $200 a month for 2 TB starting, but I could just buy another 2 TB drive for my server for a $100 one time fee and be done with this for another 2 months. I would rather not do that, so I'm not dealing with this issue again in 2 months.
you are comparing apples to oranges. if you just want the cheapest storage possible then put a sata drive in your computer and call it a day.
If you want a san - that is highly available and good performance then you will need to pay more because these are raided systems and you can access some of them from multiple locations.
You really need to classify what you need -
so far i hear:
3. security / availability
4. someone else to manage it
5.. access from multiple locations
every one of these that you add you take on more cost. I would not go with open-e - that is the bottom of the line san setup and you can do a search and see how many problems there are with it.
what is the data you need to store? Is it backed up anywhere? is it critical that it be online all the time? How much would it cost you if it was down for a day or you lost it?