Sigh... Lets just say the experience of owning a Drobo Pro is no where as good as the thought of owning one. I've had a continual series of issues and I don't think I've been able to go more than a few days without having to reboot it for some reason or the other. At least, I haven't lost any data... yet. I also, briefly, owned a Drobo. It was a second gen, 4 bay unit that seemed to be pretty reliable. But, it was sloooow. Like, really, really slow. So, it went back home to Fry's. Now, I really love Beyondraid. I've used all manner of raid systems over the years from home brew nas boxes, SCSI 15k RPM enterprise setups, Windows Home Server, Linux servers, NAS boxes and a few others I'm sure I'm forgetting. Windows Home Server and the Drobo were the friendliest units I've used. I'd love to get something that was as flexible with disks as those units are. I'd rather not have any homebrew setups, even though I've got all the hardware to build one in my closet. I've been down that road way too many times and I'm just not interested. I've looked at Synology, Qnap, Netgear, Drobo and some others. After further review, I just can't work up much confidence in Drobo units. The people who own and use them don't seem to be half as enthusiastic as the professional reviews are. Synology seems to be pretty solid and I'm leaning heavily towards them at this point. I suppose my only issue is, I really only need an iSCSI connection. This will plug into my Mac Mini and there's really not a lot of need for me to look at anything else. I just don't need another FTP, email server or torrenting box. The Mini does all that I need. So, NAS isn't really what I'm looking for. Ideally it would be Thunderbolt or iSCSI, have at least 5 bays and support Beyondraid. Now, that last one will be a sticklier, so I'll settle for a hybrid raid, 2 disk protection and the flexbility to add whatever drives I want to, whenever I want to. Any ideas? At this point I'm half tempted to wait for a decent Thunderbolt enclosure to launch. The Promise units are nice and tempting but more than I want to spend. If they were available BYOD I'd be more interested since I already own plenty of 3tb, 2tb and 1tb drives to stuff a box full of.