[citation][nom]YardstickWHACK[/nom]Too bad it isn't a standard rack size. I've shipped a few 36TB 2U computers with hot-swappable drives (not even for NAS purposes, but just local video storage).[/citation]
There is already a large range of products covering that segment. I think this fits better with businesses that don't want a "mini-data center" look for the office. This is pretty low key, and for the cost in hardware, looks pretty unassuming sitting in a utility closet.
"36TB and USB 2.0 ?? If I put down $2000+ I want at least USB 3.0 !"
That's pretty irrelevant, you're not meant to use the USB interface for the actual data transfers. To do that you'll be using the gig interfaces or, if you have the network gear, the 10 GbEs. I'm sure that's enough speed for you..
I was thinking along the same lines, nekatreven. I'd assume something like this would have the ability to run Raid 5/6, and be able to directly back up to another device automatically.
I do know many businesses that don't back-up their data at all. I've a friend that I recently had to force a backup system onto - despite his intelligence he has no head for disaster planning or computer security.
For that kind of money it should include some drives at least.. I don't quite get why all these NAS devices on the market now cost so much, even for the 2-4 bay consumer level ones.. seems like just adding a RJ-45 to an external drive enclosure triples the price. It may be a bit bulkier but I'd sooner retire an older PC to become a NAS box than pay that kind of money. Or even build one for a fraction of the price.
[citation][nom]smashley[/nom]For that kind of money it should include some drives at least.. I don't quite get why all these NAS devices on the market now cost so much, even for the 2-4 bay consumer level ones.. seems like just adding a RJ-45 to an external drive enclosure triples the price. It may be a bit bulkier but I'd sooner retire an older PC to become a NAS box than pay that kind of money. Or even build one for a fraction of the price.[/citation]
Its feature bloat. To justify higher prices and thus a higher profit margin they need to pack in more and more features.
You don't even need an "old PC", instead you can build your own home server and attach an external eSATA array for a fraction of the cost. I tend to use the Via CPU's over the Atoms, but an i3 or one of the AMD APU's would work just as well. Mini-ITX board, 2~4GB of memory, small 2.5 inch or even CF-DISK boot drive. On board 1Gbps Ethernet for home use. Mini-ITX boards typically have one expansions slot, Micro-ATX boards can have two to three. Use eSATA to connect to an external enclose and have all the HDD's your pocket book can afford. eSATA expander's, aka "Port Multipliers" are cheap. You can buy a bunch and build your own enclosures if you ~really~ want. The problem is the HBA needs to support that Port Multiplier or a compatible mode. Older PMP's used CBS mode which was crap, more modern FIS mode is much better but almost requires a dedicated third party HBA.
Honestly at 36TB we're entering into the SAN world and fiber channel. Trying to think of a conceivable SOHO or small business reason for something this big. Possible someone doing video processing and needing large permanent storage. They would be better served by an eSATA external enclosure then something accessible over a 1Gbps network pipe.