We’re taking the plunge and building a FreeNAS box for our primary storage at our church. I’m super excited about the project, and hope that by sharing the build that it will bring together some ideas from those who have been there, those who are there, and those who are going there.
We contracted a local vendor (ContigoIT) who uses FreeNAS as his primary storage for businesses he manages throughout the US. Here’s why he’s a FreeNAS guy through and through.
- Cost - FreeNAS is free, and pretty.
- Features are robust- Backup, Volume Snapshots, you can now run VM’s directly on it (I think).
- Fast - He runs SQL servers, VMs, etc on his FreeNAS boxes through 10g connections to his hosts.
We’re going to throw a lot at our FreeNAS server, with the option to always go back and separate services onto a different host if we want to later.
- Video Editing Storage (This is the primary storage purpose. We want a shared repo for our teams to edit video on directly).
- TimeMachine Backups
- Video Surveillance with Ubiquiti Unifi Video (Lowest Priority)
- Photography and Design Video
QuantaGrid RackMount Server - It’s got great specs for the price… 12 bays, 12g SAS backbone, Added 2 10g SFP’s for $150. We went with the Dual 12c / 128gb configuration bringing the unit to around $3300 total.
Drives: I found a deal on new HGST 12TB, 12G SAS drives on eBay. 12 drives to fill this unit will cost around $4300.
I’ll post some more info soon on m;y thoughts on 10g Network and Backup, but I hope to make this a little bit of a community project and throw in some of the gear that you guys use / recommend.
Lemme know if you’ve got FreeNAS experience and we’ll be friends.