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Anyone deploying their applications on a NAS?

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  • Anyone deploying their applications on a NAS?

    I am researching NAS devices (Network Attached Storage) to deploy my hybrid, desktop and intranet application.
    I intend to load V11 app server for the intranet and runtime for the desktop on the NAS.
    I have no previous experience with NAS devices. My research has me leaning to the Synology 211 NAS.
    Just floating a balloon out their if anyone has experience/advise that could save me some grief (time and money)?

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    Re: Anyone deploying their applications on a NAS?

    I assume that you are STORING the database, web pages etc. on the NAS, and running the server on an app server on the network, yes? A NAS is a great thing to store files and data on. But you want a dedicated machine to do the web and database heavy lifting.

    Actually on a reread, it looks like you want to actually RUN the app server on the NAS. I'm not sure that that is a road that i would go down. It may or may not be doable, but I would prefer to keep them separate. For one thing, the app server will need to be rebooted from time to time - do you want to take your NAS down? I really think that you'd be better served by using a dedicated appserver for the A5 stuff, and IF you need a NAS for storage reasons, then use one. As I understand NASes, they are specialized machines designed and built for providing STORAGE on the network. They are not really designed to be all purpose servers.

    As always, Your Mileage May Vary, and I'm not an expert, and I didn't even sleep at a Holiday Inn last night....

    One more thought... if it's going to run the WAS, it will need to be a Windows OS - I'm not sure that NAS'es in general favor that OS. Might want to check that too...

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      Re: Anyone deploying their applications on a NAS?

      Jeff, thanks for the input. Your are right, I can't run the app server on the NAS because the NAS OS is not Windows OS.
      I was attracted to the NAS as a RAID device for the DB. My application is native dbf presently and therefore I assume that
      the database and app server would have to run on the same drive? I might just go ahead and upsize the application to MySql then use
      the NAS for the data only. You mentioned the app server will need to be rebooted from time to time, why,? Thanks again.

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        Re: Anyone deploying their applications on a NAS?

        Bob:

        There are many NAS devices available and the performance can vary significantly. Since you are using DBF's this is more critical due to the larger amount of data being transferred than with SQL. I believe you can run the DBF's from the NAS as long as you map the database directory to a drive letter. I personally have not tried it but I see no reason that would not work (I only use SQL at this time). You will want a Gigabit lan connection between the Windows computer (server) and the NAS for data. The NAS you specified (and many other SMB models) have the Gigabit connection.

        The device you specified has only 2 hard drive bays so the best RAID you could do is RAID 1 (mirrored). If you want other raid choices then choose a NAS with more drive bays.

        Brad

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          Re: Anyone deploying their applications on a NAS?

          Thanks Brad... the mapped drive should work. I only had the RAID in mind as a mirror device.

          Bob

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