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BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 8 TB (4 x 2 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) – TS-XE8.0TL/R5

BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 8 TB (4 x 2 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) - TS-XE8.0TL/R5

Buffalo’s TeraStation ES offers a cost-effective, reliable RAID-based network attached storage (NAS) solution that is packed with features like Active Directory integration, real-time share replication, and hot swap and hot spare hard drives, designed for business continuity and disaster recovery. The TeraStation ES delivers unmatched performance at a great value.

  • New CPU increases performance by over 2x from Pro II
  • Replication, Hot-spare, Hot-swap provide exceptional reliability
  • cNAS with Hot-swap Drives

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Question by Ryan M: Best way to build a dedicated server for network storage.?
I am trying to come up with the best way to add a dedicated storage that can be accessed from any computer on the network. I want this to be a small business file share system but we need to be able to store over 4 TB of data. So what is the best way to go about doing this?

Best answer:

Answer by johntrottier
You did not say how many users you had at the business, but given the size of your current data storage needs, I am going t assume between 50 and 100 workers
First – you need good hardware.
Get a machine designed from the ground up to be a server. It should have at a minimum
a. Hot swappable, redundant power supplies
b. Hot swappable hard drives
c. adequate processor power
d. room for expansion
e. an Integrated data backup system
f. a proven UPS system

HP, Dell or IBM can all supply the hardware, and no one ever got fired for specifying top quality hardware.
With the hardware in had, set up your system using a RAID configuration that insures rapid data access as well as redundant data storage. You will need a system that can accept a single component failure without data loss.

Now with hardware in hand, get you OS and set up your system. My recommendation is a Linux based system. Red Hat or Novell (Suse) can provide world class software and support as needed.
Both can provide additional software stacks on request

Hope that helps

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What customers say about BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 8 TB (4 x 2 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) – TS-XE8.0TL/R5?

  1. 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    terrible support service, July 22, 2011

    Worst service support I have ever experienced.
    None of the Buffalo products have a good service model.
    Takes 2-3 weeks to get a replacement
    and you have to buy another one before they will ship you the replacement.
    Plus they charge you for shipping. If you are looking to bur $100 piece of equipment might be acceptable.
    If you are buying this for you business, be sure you can afford to have a 2+ week downtime in the event of a product failure

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing device, June 6, 2013

    I have read so many poor reviews on this product and just don’t get why. More than likely it isn’t being set up correctly.

    I have owned mine for about 3 months now and have had nothing but an awesome experience with it. When i first opened it up i was a little hesitant on setting it up. I consider myself pretty tech savvy but really wanted to make sure it was configured properly. So i called a buddy who specializes in networks and computer consultations.

    First, he made sure the correct port trunking was set up in my modem to allow the right information through the right ports. Then set it up to a RAID 5 system, the set all of the correct security settings. In a matter of a couple hours it was ready to start uploading all of our media. Let me say, this device is a beast. Everyone who has logged in to the settings are just amazed on how many features Buffalo has integrated and how solid the hardware is.

    Now, this terastation is being used for a full cloud system for our house, supporting 3 laptops, one desktop, 2 tablets, and 2 cell phones, and serves media streaming box to a smart TV, ps3, Wii U, all computers, tablets, WD Live plus media streamer, and more. It will directly download bit torrents without use of a computer, email logs daily, and host web pages.

    Its fully upgradable to expand to more storage if needed. My setup has 4 1tb HDDs which translates to around 2.7tb of usable data with the ability to hot swap drives if one goes bad. Currently we have over 1,300 movies, 30,000 songs, 2,500 family photos, my website with downloadable android custom roms, and still has over 1tb data left before it gets filled.

    It is hooked up directly to our modem for continual high speed access, has 15 accounts for friends and family to have access to the information, connected to a UPS for superior protection against power spikes, its set up as a print server for all inclusive access to all devices. Has 2 USB connections on the back to connect external HDDs to back up the data too.

    The only con I’ve experienced was in transfer speeds when first copying over my media collection. It took better part of 36 hours (not continual) to transfer all of our data. A lot of the time was dedicated to setting up folders for easier access over the network. But transfer speeds were terrible. Now that its all set up, transfer speeds are back to normal.

    Two thumbs up to Buffalo for an awesome device, another two thumbs up to my buddy for walking me through the initial setup, and to top it off, the terastation iii only set me back $220 and another $30 for shipping. If when i bought it i knew what i know now, i would easily pay $600+ for this.

    Hope this helps those interested in buying one.

    Update after 6 months.

    This is still running as strong as the day I set it up. It has completely changed how our family uses the cloud system. We stream videos, music, and pictures to every tv in the house. Now we are considering upgrading this to a 16tb system.

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Buffalo Pros and Cons, April 12, 2013
    kimit “kimberlydecker” (Denver, CO) –

    If you are looking for a backup device that is slightly faster than hand transcription of your data to paper with pen. If you enjoy waiting minutes for admin utilities to load. If you enjoy spending hours tinkering with setups to find half-baked work-arounds. If you think that 1/2 of the advertised features on the brochure should not function. And if you enjoy talking to technical support people who know next to nothing, refuse to assist and insult you when you reject their implausible answers, then this is an excellent product for you.

    If on the other other hand you value reliability, performance and expect that advertised features should actually work, you might want to look elsewhere and avoid being Buffaloed.

    I bought the TeraStation Duo. To use it with NFS, I had to disable RAID and unshare all but one drive in order to eake out reasonable performance. Technical support is inept and insulting. Don’t waste your time with this device or this company.

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  4. one of the easiest ways to go about doing this is look for a NAS (Network Attached Storage) Device. There are many Small Business class devices that can be purchased *relatively* inexpensively.
    there are several by storage vendors, Western Digital sells a NAS, but you can also get some from other companies like QNAP. those you just have to add in whatever size hard drives you want, configure it and go. they generally contain all the appropriate protocols you would want for access files, SMB, FTP, rsync, etc….

    if you want to build your own system, i would look into some software like freenas. that is a flavor of BSD that is specifically intended to be used as a file-sharing NAS.


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