Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The 'perfect' NAS.

Oh fickle father time.

I prepared the blogpost below some time ago, and of course everything changed between then & now. The basic requirements are still true, but it truned into something completely different!

I managed to get a really good deal on a Xeon E5-2630L v4, a processor that even now, used on Ebay was ~$600, I managed to get for 193 Euro's (whole story here). Then I found the 'perfect' case, a Node 804 from Fractal:

It seemed to have all the right properties, seperated air passages (MB and HD), space for 8(!) 120mm fans to keep fan speeds (and noise) low. It also had a great layout that could do water-cooling:

The 'perfect' NAS.

My personal quest for all things storage


Is such a thing even possible?

Let's break the first myth, of course it's not possible! A NAS means something else to so many different people. A DevOps engineer will have totally different needs than a musician or an artist.

What do I want from a NAS?

  • Really low power consumption, if possible, under 30W continuous.
  • Running Plex for my media.
  • Running Time-Machine for my Fiancee's Apple.
  • Being able to run Docker, or even K8S at a pinch.
  • Small form factor
  • +-10Tbytes of storage in RAID 5 (HDDs)
  •  +-2Tbytes of storage in RAID 0 (SSDs)
  • 10Gbit of Ethernet IO.
What do I need?
  • Modern, power-saving CPU - Intel, AMD?
  • PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, 2 of.
  • Modern, platinum Power Supply
  • Quiet case that can spin-up in times of higher heat output
  • Micro-ATX form factor
  • Minimum of 32Gbytes of memory
  • Linux OS. (Debian/Ubuntu)?