I've had a Thecus NAS for about two years and periodically give up on it and want to throw it out the window. I gave it one last go recently and still headache city, not to mention the support is less than desirable. Everything seems to point to Synology as the go to for mac users, so I've been looking at their offerings (I'm also open to others manufacturers). I do have a couple specific needs and I'm looking for suggestions. My two main uses are to backup CF cards (RAW images) and to Archive work projects (files tend to be on the large side, hi res PSDs, design work, etc). Must Haves: 1. Easy USB backup especially for CF cards (one touch would be ideal), but also thumb drives and other USB drives I take with me on jobs. I wouldn't mind a dedicated CF slot, but front USB port is fine. 2. Has to be Ethernet capable (not thunderbolt NAS, i.e. Pegasus) 3. At least 4x 4TB capacity with ability to expand with additional NAS or External Units. 4. Ability to set a cloud backup solution. 5. USB 3.0 ports Would be nice: True iTunes server (through shares) and not web based interface esata port remote access for specified drives. Time Machine Capable It's important to note that while I've been using a NAS for a couple years, it's not my cup of tea, so I maybe be asking for something really simple. I'm also toying with the idea of keeping things separate for each need. A single bay NAS just for music and moves (thus itunes server request) that would not really require any kind of redundancy, a NAS for just photo files and lastly one for just work project backups. This might be overkill. Lastly, my biggest worry is creating the right kind of redundancy as I don't trust the single disk solution for longterm backups of work and photos. My personal experience with HDs is the fail rate is waaaay to high. This may be a separate question, but what is the best way to go about this- cloud storage and physical HD? Or a RAID 10 like setup where I just keep swapping out all the drives when they get full so I have "double copies." I know that's a lot, but my head is sorta' exploding with options and scenarios, so I'm looking for some focus and advice. Thanks! ---------------------- Currently using: Two MbP running 10.9 one 10.8 Time Capsule with one APE, one AEBS extender and one hard wired AEBS for setup for roaming. I have a couple hardwired gigabit ethernet ports around the house that go from router>TC>switch>ports/outlets.