So I feel like I've exhausted all avenues of research and I'm at the point of pulling the trigger on a new NAS, but just want one final sanity check before I do. I'm going for a Synology RS1219+ and looking to stock it with Seagate IronWolf Pro 6TB drives in theory. In practice I may start with reusing the WD Reds in my microserver and grow/swap from there, but want to minimise RAID migrations/expansions, at least somewhat. I'm conscious of the fact that the RS1219+ is nothing more than a a linux box with a fancy interface and some mediocre hardware, and the fact that I could build a comparative monster of a storage server for the £1000 or so the diskless Synology runs is what's making me take pause most at the moment. As a middle ground the QNAP 832XU offers better hardware, 10GbE baked in and a lower price point at the seeming expense of software. The reason I know this and I'm on the verge of entirely making up my mind is that I value a no-faff "Just Works" (TM) setup over something which is theoretically more capable, and frankly the RS1219+ is still overkill. But the techie in me is still irked by this comparison. So given my needs and wants... - 10GbE SFP+ capable - 2-post rackmount - Storage flexibility (e.g. gradual capacity expansion) - Minimum 8 disks base, and expandable (though I don't think it will ever come to that) - Decent enough performance for VMs on SSD - 1GB/sec seq read capability - Cloud Syncing for backup (Synology's own option looks to be a cheap way to get a flexible 1TB, and will backup in bulk to glacier deep archive when that hits the street) - Remotely accessible personal dropbox esque storage - Client backups - Automated backups to external USB/NAS devices Is there any really compelling reason I may not have considered for going home-brew or another appliance?