For some time now, I've been wanting to build/buy a NAS. Only "problem" is, I already have about 5TB of USB storage dangling from my laptop, that I don't want to throw away. Then I came across the Sheeva plug. So that problem's solved, I can plug in my USB HUB to the plug, connect my USB drives to it, and I've got a SAN.
BUT... the Sheeva plug has a 1Gbps ethernet NIC, so it'd really be a waste not to use the bandwidth when buying new drives.
So I was planning on using the USB disks as "archival storage" for old/non-speed-sensitive data and adding some new drives for fast access using the eSATA port on the Sheeva eSata plug. However, I dislike having just one disk containing all my data; I'd rather have a RAID 1 or 5 array.
Then I came across this product:http://www.cooldrives.com/sahub5muussi.html
A 5 port eSata HUB. The product page says it's transparent to the OS, but whether it'll work depends on the upstream sata controller (the sheeva's esata port/controller). So, my question to you... will this (or another product like this hub) work with the sheeva plug?
And while I'm at it, is it a good idea to build all this:
- eSata Sheeva (http://www.newit.co.uk/shop/proddetail.php?prod=eSataSheevaPlug
- 10 port USB HUB with: 4 * 1TB 3.5" USB HDD + 1 * 2TB 3.5" USB HDD (probably gonna configure it as RAID 5 or JBOD for non-sensitive data)
- eSata HUB (http://www.cooldrives.com/sahub5muussi.html
with: - Initially: 2 * 2TB eSata HDD (in RAID 1 config)
- Later on expanded to: 3 - 5 * 2TB eSata HDD (in RAID 5 config)
I'm even thinking about playing around with ILM/automated tiered storage, but that's something for the future. First I'd just like to know whether this hardware/OS setup is gonna work. Any ideas?