email@example.comWe put together an inexpensive Windows 2003 Standard Server with 4 750GB using built-in Windows RAID5. Works great!
kubuntuuserI can certainly see how using Windows would be nice because you can throw an agent on that box and do a lot of flexible things.
However, consider the $700 price tag for doing that?
We use the same hardware in a white-box and use FreeNAS (http://www.freenas.org/) to manage RAID, samba, NFS, and such.
With FreeNAS, you can take your disk array and a USB key with the running/production copy of the FreeNAS O/S to any machine that will boot from a USB device and move the entire array independent of the hardware. Very handy from a disaster recovery perspective. There are a number of impressive features in FreeNAS for it's tiny 32MB size.