Dear members of the Network Nook -
First of all thank you for reading my post. I realize it is long, but I want to make my situation clear so that I can get the best possible advice in moving forward with an effective network storage solution.
Let me explain my scenario. I run my graphics intensive business from home and have two assistants. We all access the same data set which is store exclusively on a networked storage server. The computers that we each use house only programs and are quite fast, but do not store any of the pertinent data.
For years I was using a windows home server box by Acer running as the raid array in which data is spread over three disks. The system was relatively fast and did a good job. Eventually one drive failed leading to a general server failure. I have not been able to recover the server itself though all data was saved.
To my disappointment Windows Home Server units are now few and far between. Moreover, I understand that the technology is not longer well supported by Microsoft, nor does it offer some of the key redundancy features of the older Home Server OS. I replaced the Acer Home Server Unit with a two disk iomega storcenter ix2-200 running in a Raid 1 array over the network. This storage operates so slowly its is almost useless for my purposes.
These purposes are: Data Storage, Redundancy, and Speed of Access. I access and write large amounts of data to the server regularly in the form of countless small files as well as very large image documents saved directly from my 44 inch scanner.
Here are my ideas. I have an old 64 bit computer that I am not using. My total data set is currently well under 512 GB. If I install Home Server 2011 on a small ssd attached to this unit can I also purchase the HighPoint RocketRaid 2720SGL and set it up as a raid 1 mirrored raid array using two 512 SSDs? Will this provide the access speed and redundancy I need? Or would I need to move into 5 disk array to get the speed I need for reading and writing large image files? Of course, the system needs to be expandable once I get more than 512 GB of data, but that will sill be a couple of years.
Performance and consistency are very important to me. Budget is an issue, but I am willing to invest in this project if I can come up with a speedy solution that offers long term reliability. I do like the home server build described by maximum PC here http://www.maximumpc.com/article/featur ... ome_server
but don't know if it is best for my purposes nor do I know if it is the most economical system for my needs.
Thank you for your advice.