Saturday, 29 October 2011

ReadyNAS Ultra 6... what a machine!

Our media files, photos, data stores, etc., have until recently been stored on a trusty custom-built, low power, low noise server sitting in the home office.  This machine was the main server on the home LAN running all our services, from fileshare, SqueezeBox Server, Plex Server to essential backend services like DNS, DHCP, WPAD, etc.  Running 24x7, it was a true workhorse.  However, over the last few months the system started to become increasingly noisy, through both disks and fans.  Not only that, having also ripped our entire DVD collection over a few months, space was at a premium too....

So, we needed to find something to replace the server that would keep up with our data needs and still allow us to run additional services required on our LAN... Step in Netgear's ReadyNAS Ultra 6.

So, I need to replace it with a machine capable of serving all our files now and into the future....

Having recently purchased a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6, I was keen to have it do more than just serve media, photos and files to other machines on my network.

The noise in the home office was becoming a bit too much, the older machine I had been using before was struggling with cooling and so the fans were constantly blowing.

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