So with Drive Extender going away in WHS vail, how about the mag do an article on some of the different choices people have to DE.
I've hear some people are looking at FlexRAID. Some people are looking at Unraid (this seems to have some points for streaming movies which is why I'm looking at it). A few people are turning to SAS.
... SAS drives are crazy expensive. But, the connections are interchangable with SATA, which means you can hook CHEAP sata drives to awesome sata controllers. SAS drives are built for servers... so the SAS controllers are cheap compared to some. Example... 8 port SATA card from Highpoint is 350 bucks...ouch. 8 Lane SAS card from Supermicro 110 dollars....very nice...and still supports sata. Makes it pretty easy but you still cant mix and match drives like you can with DE....but its a solution
There are other solutions that can deal with raid: Qnap will online expand raid, and Drobo will work with different drive sizes too.
Drobo might be planning on doing something http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/12/10/d ... xperience/