Re: how to select a NAS server Motherboard
the thing is...
when you start talking about using 16 drives all raid'd together, you are really looking at either decent servers spec'd mainboard, (which are usually custom mounted and sitting in a case with the manufacturers customer spec'd mounting holes etc... or you're talking about external enclosures.
so you can see why a company like intel who make server board are making boards with controllers to support a decent amount of internal disks, (with RAID controllers with backup batteries etc), a couple of network ports, (if not more), might be reluctant to produce the same board for a home PC...
the fact is that they are making decent money from companies like IBM, and HP for making their server mainboards, and they aren't really into the market of under cutting their partners by releasing the same boards in different form factors so that others can build the same boxes!
in anycase, if you're just building a machine with a load of disks, just find any main board that has basic onboard graphics, and plenty of PCI-Express slots, then you can add your RAID controller cards. (when I say plenty, you need 1 for your RAID controller, and 1 perhaps 2 for NICs)... so a basic cheap main board is going to be ideal!
there might be one on board netork inteface, possibly two if you're lucky, and if you want more then you can buy a card that has either single, dual, or quad network ports on it.
(you could even get a couple and then team the specific ports to add reundant load balancing) -assuming your switches would support that.
Then you can just stick in a reasonably basic CPU, and RAM and have the exact setup that you're after.
but you can see that creating such a big file server is a little 'out of the ordinary'...
(so you're not really expecting off the shelf well stocked parts to be the first and most ideal solution).
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