Fun with Storage Spaces Part 2

What we are trying to achieve:

Setup a low cost enterprise solution
Create a storage environment with redundancy but provides decent throughput
Use home equipment to accomplish this (PC box, not Server class hardware)
Verify pros and cons of 3d party solutions (FreeNAS, ZFS, unRAID) compared to Storage Spaces

No added software or hardware needed if you use storage space
You can get support from Microsoft – not freeware with limited support
If you need to upgrade the OS it can be much easier to do the upgrade

Presence of Storage Spaces can be picked up by OS (Windows 8 picked up the storage space and imported it during one of our tests)

Basically: Is using Storage Spaces a viable alternative to other redundancy solutions.       .                           Cost and efficacy will be the primary factors examined


Computer Specs:

CPU: I7-3770
Mobo: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
RAM:  32GB Ram (4x8GB Ram chips of G.Skill Ripjaws 1866mhz)
HDD:  5x HDD 4TB     (Seagate ST4000VN000)
4x HDD 2TB     (Seagate ST2000DL003)
2x SSD 120GB (Kingston SH103S3/120G)
1x SSD 256GB (Samsung 840 Pro SSD)
NIC:    1x Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet PCI-E Card
SATA Port Extender: 2x SATA PCI Express Card (SI-PEX40064) (4hdds are                                         plugged into this
PSU:  1x EVGA 1300Watt PSU
Video Card: 1x MSI 7950 Twin Frozr III

Benchmark tools to be used

Crystal Disk Mark
Atto Bench32
IO Meter

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