Mercian Labels abandon Buffalo Terastation Live and switches to FreeNAS
Mercian Labels, a label printing company in the UK bought a Buffalo Terastation Live 1TB at the end of September and after the initial configuration everything seemed to work well.
In their blog they reported that “It configures easily using the web interface, and just works… I'd recommend it on the basis of what we have seen so far as a good value NAS for SMEs.”
However after only 2 weeks one of the hard drives failed and they had to get a replacement… Now they have abandoned the Terastation all together.
Again from their blog, “I found the Terastation to be slow, with unreliable hardware, reasonably difficult to configure network shares and ftp access on, and the lack of ssh control ability meant we couldn't do much with it if it went wrong. For this reason, I can not recommend it for business use.”
The blog concludes with “The FREENAS box however seems to have gone in a lot better.”
Mercian Labels decided in 2007 to migrate all of their software to open source solutions. They have already succesfully migrated their email (using Zimbra), Web server (migrated to Ubuntu dedicated server) and CRM. They are aiming to use Ubuntu on the desktop.
You can read more in their blog entries: