Background: I am looking to upgrade our home's laptop and would like the next one to have an SSD. Due to the prices of SSDs, I don't expect to store all of our pictures and movies on the internal drive, so ...
I am looking for network-accessible storage to be used as the primary home for our family's electronic pictures and music. I am also going to be getting an external (USB) drive to create backup copies of these files, so this NAS device does not need redundancy (either locally with RAID or via the Cloud). Our current combined file usage is ~245 Gb, but I would like to plan on a few years of growth. I don't need the cheapest solution, but I'm not looking to spend more than I need to (see: new laptop and external drive). Current WiFi is 802.11n but expect to move to 802.11ac.
- visible on the network (it can plug in to the WiFi router to become present on the network; it does not need to provide its own WiFi) -- provides a mappable share for Windows
- at least 500 Gb capacity (provided by the supporting hard drives, obviously)
- supports (or comes with) SSDs -- to help with power consumption and wear
- low-power (as I envision this thing being on 24x7)
- simple to manage (I work with computers enough already during the day)
- reliable (who doesn't want it to be?)
- expandable capacity (e.g. two bays, with only one populated initially) - to allow for easy online growth
- not be a bottleneck (given that we're transferring over WiFi, I don't expect this to be an issue)
- printer sharing
- 3rd-party copying/backup software (I have my own solution based on rsync)
- virtualization support
Solutions that I am aware of:
- RPi + FreeNAS: I'm more capable than willing to DIY this project; the cost savings aren't enough for me at this point. This idea wins "points" on being naturally lower in power consumption, though.
- Intel NUC
I found a related question -- What options are available for cheap NAS devices that allows to put two hard drives in RAID 1? -- and have slightly different requirements:
- I don't need encryption (storing pictures and music)
- I don't need RAID-1 (though not opposed to the feature)
- it doesn't need to be the cheapest option
- I have no need for cloud-based installation
The common elements to the previous question are only: reliability and energy-efficiency. JohnB's excellent answer to that question is a QNAP TS-231. From what I see, it would meet my main requirements, but I'm curious if there are any other good solutions for my set of requirements.