OK, I have research it and the more I look on the net the more I get confused. I hope some kind soul can help me guide to the best decision I can make. Here is what I need to do: 1) Have my media library centralize in one place (TV room when my Plasma HD is) where my whole family can access video/music content using their iDevices/Mac computers and I can watch shows on my HDTV. 2) Have a back up system that can back up all my computers using Time Machine. 3) Have this set up to use as a personal cloud so I can access work files remotely and share files with clients (like a FTP). From what I have been reading, I can: Get a Mac Mini, set up as HTPC system and server OR Get a Synology NAS and streaming videos to my AppleTV and iDevices. Also use as personal cloud and FTP. I will need to have something like 10TB to 16TB to handle all my media and back up/FTP files. I want something simple to set up and straighforward so my family can use it with easy to access media content. The server/Time Machine/FTP/Cloud, can be a little more complex since only myself will be using it. I appreciate any feedback and info. Thanks!