Okay... so I have been searching for a great home/smb NAS system.
For my home uses, here is what's driving it:
- Large family: 2 adult, 5 kids (means TONS of media -- videos/photography)
- My wife and I are both photographers (30-50mb raw image files)
- Plex Media Server (for our video library, plus family photo stuff)
- Possible corporate backup for my software company (big maybe here)
So... for home stuff, I want to be able to collect data from:
- 2 Macbook Pros (both with 1TB drives)
- 1 iMac (with a *1TB)
- Multiple iPhones and iPads (all with 128gb storage)
I want to do regular backups of these devices to the NAS, and have a central image/video repository for the family. In addition, we want a general file share... In other words, in some instances (like the video library, central fileshare for the family, or the image/video repository) this will be the primary copy of the data (we'll focus on funneling this content onto the NAS and then backing it up after. In other instances, like a timemachine backup of one of our main computers, the NAS is the backup.
My budget is fairly large for a home NAS setup...
I started by looking at standard solutions like Synology stuff:
- DS1517+ -- but then I read about all their CPU problems
- Also the DS1817+
But I sorta got turned off of Synology for some reason... their weird Hybrid RAID, CPU issues, etc... (even though I know people who love them)
Then I started looking at QNAP systems like:
Then I starting thinking about FreeNAS and a DIY route... I am a former software engineer (now in management)... so I love the idea of a project, but realistically I'm somewhat limited in my time. I've been stewing over a NAS solution for my home for months reading up on what I want to do, and then came across this forum and wanted to get ur advice. Would love your take @scottalanmiller...