I have been using Synology NAS for several years now. These are the most advanced and easiest to use storage systems on the market. I went through four others prior to finding Synology.
I know I am not typical in my home-office configuration (I run multiple physical servers, VMs, Windows 2012 domain, NFS, LDAP, Fedora, CentOS, OSX Server, etc. etc.). The Synology system I have integrates with all of them. With the Synology I am now adding new and retiring old systems that have served for years: Plex, iTunes server, Sonos music, DNS, DHCP, LDAP, all file shares, and more… with one system.
At the same time, I’ve run these in very demanding scenarios (non-profit organization with loads of volunteers) and it has been incredibly reliable and easy to use.
There are simple 2-disk configurations, complex 12 disk rigs, and full-on rack mounted systems. There is enough to like for anyone.
Windows 8 is pretty cool. It has some great features and a nice shiny touch interface. The Surface has some good design elements (the camera, the kickstand, the keyboard options). It is clearly a product designed with focus.
The issue with Windows 8 isn’t going to be with the Microsoft devices. They’ve followed the hardware-software model of Apple, so can control all aspects of the design.
The problem is going to come with all of the OEMs designers sitting around with other techie-geeks going, “Wouldn’t it be cool if it did this?!?”
This will result in some of the most inanely designed laptops, hybrid tables, and desktops that seemed like a great idea at the time.
In 18 months or so, we’ll wake up from the touchscreen party with a hanger and wonder, “What were we thinking?!?”
I am predicting we’ll call this time frame, “Disco Mullet” of the PC world because it won’t be just as bad as one, it is worse than both.
I will be reviewing various devices over the coming months and will share my findings as much as I am allowed.