I’m considering a Drobo FS to replace my existing Western Digital NAS (single 1T drive). I’m quite fond of the fact that the WD NAS is silent, other than drive noise. I’m not terribly fond of no drive redundancy in the NAS though.
My home server (VMware ESXi) runs about 8-10 VMs at any given point in time, and backs to the NAS using SMB. It’s fairly slow, so I can’t imagine it being any worse than I’ve already got.
My chief concern, if you haven’t already figured it out is noise. I’ve read about the buzzing/whining power supplies, but that appears to be limited to people who run at 220v. Being in the US, that’s not a concern for me - or does the whine also occur on 110v power?
Similarly, what’s the fan noise like?
If it matters (from a load perspective), I’m planning on doing the following:
SMB file share for VM backups (runs generally 12a - 7a backup window). Backups are differentials, and average 1GB or less each day.
SMB file share for passing files around between our 3 Macs (low volume)
Occasional torrent downloads (plan on using the ported version of Transmission).
Time Machine backups for our 3 Macs. The most heavily used system is mine (I know, surprising, right?). Currently using a direct attach 500GB USB drive that’s still got over 100GB free on it after about a year’s use.
I’ll probably start with 2 of the WD Green 3TB drives, adding another 1 or 2 later if needed (and keep 1 in a drawer “just in case”).