For the main bulk of my short career as a Systems Administrator I have been squarely sat in the Redhat Enterprise Linux (and friends) camp, however recently I became disheartend with a QNAP TS-410 hosting all of my production guests and data at home given a number of problems with the device such as:
Weak hardware leading to sad NFS and iSCSI response times
Administration that is relatively painful via its GUI interface
Generally suffering from security issues in the firmware
Uses no battery backed cache for the RAID10 (write cache disabled furthering the performance pain)
I am paranoid about loosing things so the appeal of # zfs scrub is very high!
Finally the primary reason for looking into a solution to replace my existing/old kit was:
Wife Agro - My existing kit makes far too much heat in our small office during a typical Queensland summers day. It had to get consolidated!
So I needed to consolidate the following hardware:
2x Intel E8200 hosts running as KVM hosts on CentOS
1x Intel E4200 host running as a dedicated Sophos UTM 9 gateway
1x QNAP TS-410 with 4x 1TB SATA disks with a further 2x external 1TB standalone disks