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Hardware recommendations

Hardware recommendations

Hardware recommendations


i have an environment with two macs in an office and several laptops floating around. until recently they have all been used by me and i've kept files in sync using a variety of arcane solutions. but i've just hired someone and want to think a bit more strategically about file storage.

i'm NOT looking for a back-up solution.  i have plenty of those.

I am looking for a file storage solution that talks AFS, is networked AND is secure.  ie. the files on the box are encrypted and decrypted on the fly based on user access privileges.

I cannot use true crypt/file vault etc as they are not multi-user accessible and this stuff will be read/write all day long.

does anyone have any recommendations for such a box?  cheap as chips too, please.


RE: Hardware recommendations

What kinds od files are we talking about? Regular word docs, excel files, graphics? There are any number of file storage devices, network attached, etc. Drobo comes to mind, a quick google search will yield quite a few more. Drobo is probably on the more expensive side of things, but Lacie offers network storage, as well as Western digital


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RE: Hardware recommendations

yup - traditional office documents.

but (having looked at Drobo and Lacie's offerings) i can't see how any of these solutions offer data security as per my original post.

RE: Hardware recommendations

Sorry I missed that the first time, but have a look at this http://www.truecrypt.org/

Open source disk encryption, cross platform. The offerings I see for encrypted storage devices are pretty pricey. True Crypt is free

Although I have not used this myself, I do recall hearing positive things about it.



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RE: Hardware recommendations

i was previously told that truecrypt could not work multi-user as true-crypt drives mount as exclusive to the attached user.  i will research again.

is there really no straightforward solution here?  windows offers encryption of all files on the fly, is there nothing equivalent in the Mac world?  

RE: Hardware recommendations

You might look at MacFuse to handle non-Mac file systems that offer encryption.

RE: Hardware recommendations

thanks Jim.  my experiences with macFuse have been pretty terrible.  userland filesystem drivers seem to be incredibly slow.

and, as per my previous, i cannot believe that there is no simple out of the box solution that does this for macs.  i've been a mac user for so long that i've never imagined going back to windows. But now ...  

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