Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2012 11:27 PM (in response to LERsince1991)
What's missing in your requirements is any idea of budget.
There are untold numbers of ways you can do this. The number of viable options increases as your budget increases. If you're trying to do this for $500 then your options are limited.
You should also consider initial size and maximum size. Many vendors' arrays are expandable, often into the hundreds of terabytes range. If you expect to require, say, 10TB max then that's over-engineering and money wasted.
You also need to prioritize your wishes. For example, you're hoping to boot your MacBook Air wirelessly. That's going to require a NetBoot server and as far as I'm aware no NAS solution offer this out of the box. Any Mac OS X Server can do it, even if the system's disk image is on an external array, but the array itself can't. So that means a MacPro, Mini, or something else to do the work.
Beyond that, you have consider the logic behind wirelessly booting a portable machine. You've now restricted that machine to working within the wireless LAN area since you can't take it offsite. You're also contraining its performance to that of the wireless network... questionable advantages there, I think.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 4:09 AM (in response to Camelot)
I'd say its a mid range budget. Willing to pay more than I would spend going out and continually buying external hard drives in a shop. But a lot less than enterprise class systems.
Last time I upgraded my storage I bought 4tb for £180 (2x £65 2tb drives and a £50 enclosure) ($290).
So I could justify about £400 - £500 for an 8tb system ($640 - $800).
You also misunderstand what I mean when I refer to a macbook air accessing it wirelessly.
The macbook air will boot on its own SSD.
It will have a networked folder link to access the storage data on archive and media drives.
It will use time machine to backup to the Time Machine Array over the network.
It will NOT boot to anything on the storage system.