Also, will Netgear release security patches ongoing ? Then you too can spend hours of your time building your own NAS!A system that is never updated should not really be facing t'internet, even through proxies. Well, actually, if you're really hardcore (and think Free NAS is for newbs), you build your own redundant Linux NFS cluster.
...mitigating factor = I don't have that setup, but if you only like M$oft, then it's an option.
Gloat - I've got Vmware ESXI 5 running on mine.
reasonable amount bigger than this and obviously doesn't come with the Ready NAS software (which for some people is a bonus), so I understand that that it isn't a direct alternative .
Just puttin' it out there :-) Will I be downvoted for suggesting WHS as an option on a HP Micro Server?
SAS is an option but probably much more expensive unless you can find onboard SAS/SATA controller mobos.
Install the Linux flavour of your choice (cough*Red Hat*cough) along with Samba, cluster and mirror between the two SCSI chains, and - voila!And you'll learn so much more by doing it yourself, which is a great help if it does go wrong (much more help than Netgear's helpline if their NAS support is as bad as their router support).I bought the QNAP TS-210 for around 130 quid and it's been fine.I do like the look of this machine though and the drive bays are smart; but without NFS it's effing useless.Based on a glowing review I purchased a Tecus N2200Plus and it has been an unmitigated disaster. Back in September they told the disgruntled customers that new firmware would be available "in weeks" to fix the issues.The j stands for Junior but I can't say I've had any issue with its performance at all.