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I have a few Linux servers around in our computer room. All of these servers are connected with GigE as backbone. At the moment, these servers are out of storage. So I'm planning to use our existing 3TB USB 3.0 drives to provide more file-level storage capacity to these servers.
The main issue is, these servers does not have any USB 3.0 port and getting it connected directly to a particular server limits the access only to that specific server. Plus, the low speed of USB 1.1/2.0 on these servers are just another reason why we do not want to get it directly attached and share it across, as we do a lot of large data (file size average 1-10GB per file) copying and moving across these servers through network.
I am thinking to look for a NAS head / appliance that supports the 'exports' of the USB 3.0 storage (be it thru NFS, CIFS or others, but NFS is preferable since we use Linux all the way here) but I never had any experience on this.
Do you guys have any experience using NAS appliance to export USB 3.0 storage ? If you have, appreciate if you can share your experience (how quick is the setup, the USB based NAS model you guys are using, how reliable this appliance is actually? etc) on this matter.
I think I'd look at freenas. Get a small modern system that has native usb 3 that is known to work with bsd.
Really any disto could be used for this task. NFS is almost standard on any install or simple to add. Many people use command line or web based configuration for this server. Even adding in support for iscsi is common. I end up using a complex web of devices and means to backup. No one way can be used for such odd systems as we have.
Might even look at stuff like backula or DRBL ideas.