Hi all. I need some help trying to figure out a solution to my home storage woes. Currently I have a Windows 7 desktop as my primary machine. It has multiple hard drives inside as well as a few USB drives plugged in. All totaling about 4TB of storage space available, about 3TB of used space. I also have about 150GB worth of data on my personal laptop (13 MacBook Pro) and about 60GB on my work laptop (15 MacBook Pro). Id like to consolidate all this data to 1 drive/machine/NAS unit (whatever it be) with lots of room to grow as I'm starting to rip my DVD's to be able to be played on our AppleTV. I also need to try and accomplish the below requirements. I dont necessarily need all of them, but most of them. Needs to be cross platform compatible (Windows 7/8, Mac OS X, Linux). Between my wifes work laptop, kids computers and work stuff, I have all kinds of different OSs. Needs to act as a iTunes & DLNA server. I have a Apple TV in our family room and in the basement I have a Samsung Smart TV. Id like to be able to stream movies, music, pictures, to both devices without having to go out to purchase another Apple TV if possible. Remote access. I need to be able to remotely access the files on the device. Many times Im out and about and end up needing something that is on my PC at home. Id also like to setup users with their own login so they can access and share content. Ex: Sharing pictures/Home videos of our kinds with grand parents. Instead of sending emails and what not, just have them click a link and sign in. If they want to copy it down to their machine they can. Work with CrashPlan back service. I use Crash Plan to backup my home desktop PC. My personal Mac is sort of backed up to my home PC. Most of the files on it are copied between my home PC or work PC. My work PC is backed up to a separate hard drive at work. Id like to consolidate all this data to 1 location and have it backed up via Crash Plan. And be able to remotely access files when I need to so Im not carrying around all this other data (requirement 3). Act as a backup location for remote PCs. My parents PC only needs about 20-30GB of storage space for backups. It would be nice to use Crash Plans service to have them backup to my unit incase of an emergency. They are not terribly tech savvy and are not sure what to think of the cloud for storage. Figured it would just be easier to have them backup to me. Along the lines of remote access, it would be really nice to be able to stream and download Music, Movies, Videos, etc. from the device to iPads or whatever when we are on vacation. I have younger kids and just when you think you have the videos they want loaded on the iPad they change their mind. So something like that would be great. So with all that said, ive been exploring the lines of QNAP and Synology. Both look very promising for my needs but am not sure if one is necessarily better than the other. I know there are other manufactures out there as well (Netgear, Western Digital, Drobo, Tehcus, FreeNas, etc.) so Id like to see if anyone has input on those as well. When to the point of getting a Mac mini and using it as a Server with a Drobo or some other mass storage device connected to it. The QNAP TS-x69L series also really intrigues me as it has a HDMI port which would allow me to connect the unit directly to my TV in the basement and stream off the unit directly. But Ive read QNAPs software on iOS devices is so so. They are also a bit more expensive than I wanted to spend. But if it ends up being the right decision, then Im willing to splurge the bit extra to get something that is right for my needs. So I come here to ask people smarter than me for advise or other ideas that I havent explored yet. Thanks in advance!!