At the most basic level it's providing expandable raid storage for my media library. I had several large hard drives in my computer, but had reached the limit of drives for my case (which is a big one). Blu-rays are 25gb each, on average, once they've been stripped of menus/extras, so the space goes pretty quickly. I'm also putting all my documents, music and RAW camera files there so that i can use software from any computer and access the same files.
It's not just dumb nas storage either. It's got several built-in servers to it, including web/database, so that i can run xbmc (a media center app) from it and have it synced on every computer, for instance. I can start a movie on the projector in the living room, pause it, and then resume from bedroom in same location. I can publish services to the internet to access all my stuff remotely too.
The reason I'd put it off before was partly because i wasn't sure how loud it'd be. I'd read it was fairly quiet, but other people's definition of quiet doesn't normally match mine when it comes to computers. Every computer I build for my place needs to be below ambient noise levels. I don't want to hear them, ever. I've spent tons of extra money building them that way. Finding a solution which has the capacity/expandability that I need while staying away from enterprise gear (which doesn't care about being loud because it goes in a server room), wasn't always easy. Don't know if you've ever heard an enterprise disk array before, but they tend to sound like helicopters. Thankfully, it is quiet. It'll put the drives to sleep when not in use and takes advantage of wake-on-lan as well. You can even create a schedule for the device to sleep/wake-up, so for the first time in a while, I can actually put my PCs to sleep.
I'm very impressed with the unit so far. Tons of features. Quick list: torrent downloads, itunes/media center, surveillance (can run 20 IP cameras from it), mysql database, ftp, audio streaming, torrent client, and i think you can add apps too.
Oh and I will run my vmware environment from it now instead of my local computer.
Edited by GQgeek - 7/31/11 at 10:50am