I was contemplating purchasing a QNAP 459-II for my home storage/streaming needs and a friend advised me that I should look into ZFS rather. I read up a bit on the filing system technology and was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information I found. It honestly was too much for me to take in to base a decision on, which is why I ask here - relying on your feedback and experiences. Here is my desired usage scenario:
- 2TB to 4TB over the next 2 years
- File types: music, video, photos, Office Documents, PDFs, and general files downloaded from the internet
- Would like to stream media files across all devices in home (have an 802.11n router with mostly 802.11n compliant devices)
- Use as a backup point for files from 2 laptops
- Would like to work with documents (eg. MS Word files) off the network - don't know if that's advisable
From what I've read ZFS requires a lot of juice (max Ram + server CPU preferably) to work optimally and requires some hectic shell-type configurations. I'm not deeply technical (but always willing to learn something new), so something like a QNAP for me where I just have to plug in my drives and probably go thru some initial setup wizard is the easiest.
Is sound technical knowledge required to get a ZFS system working right and more importantly, maintain? What are the pro's and cons of either a ZFS or QNAP-like setup?
I would sincerely appreciate any advice you may offer as I feel I'm truly out of my depth here! Thank you