We've had quite a few issues with the drives, some small/nagging and some pretty major. Right now my primary concern is that our external IT provider has been unable to get their virus protection on the data and the NAS drives (which aren't meant to be file servers per my new IT guy) run a little slow and lock up occasionally. Also as of right now we aren't getting off site backups to our BDR which is provided by our external IT Provider but they think there might be a solution for that.
We are planning on a major hardware upgrade in 12-15 months due to an IT project regarding a new ERP and at that time will include an upgraded file server. What I'm looking for is a 12-15 month inexpensive patch to get me past my major concerns without killing our budget. So far my new IT guy has focused only on new File Server options that would run $8-13,000 and that's just too much for a temporary solution. I'd suggested possibly buying a refurbished server for around half of that price but he's not into that at all. One option is just to button up our redundancy and deal with the risk/slowness for the next 12-15 months.
Any advice or options I'm not seeing? Basically we are looking for an inexpensive mechanism to act as a File Server for 2TB of data that can be reliably backed up and protected from Viruses etc. We have about 150 users that access data on those servers but most access different areas of the server.