Originally Posted by p95ccw
Dell R710 Dual CPU 8 core server, 64 gigs of ram with 1tb SSD Raid 10
On that I run esxi for bare metal with the following servers:
Windows box for a NAS, 12tb storage spaces pool. For media
Windows box for a linux download server/Ebook server.
NGIX proxy server - To be able to access everything from the web.
Couple of other testing linux servers
I use tivo and tivo minis for clients on each tv. So on all of my TV's I have access to Netflix,Amazon Video, Cable, DVR,Plex and all my music.
I pretty much want not for any media consumption. If I want to play one of my blue rays or dvds I dont have to get up and go find the disk and pop it in the player. I just fire up plex and I have our whole Movie/Media catalog on tap.
I have a very similar setup.
An R610 instead of a 710 (adding a 3.5" drive 710 soon for more storage and vmotion with high availability), using nextcloud over owncloud, using dyndns for easy access through pfsense, and I haven't quite decided what automation setup I want yet. Might go with a simple wink and with z-wave for what I need.
In terms of keeping data for the long term, the problem in my mind becomes a way to access it if you don't have access to reliable power. The many thousands of pictures people have now compare to say 30 years ago where it was photo albums printer is something that will likely be gone without everything needed to view it.
Let's say for example a power surge on the grid causes a few month long blackout regionally or even nationally. Most likely the majority of your devices you store things on would be toast. Might still have your phone if it wasn't plugged in, but try getting to all of your content on your iphone when the phone can't reach apple servers.
My practice is to do a once a month manual backup of all critical data (pictures, family videos, and documents) onto a few 256GB SSD drives inside external enclosures. Once is kept in a safe, one is kept at work. If the grid goes down, I have a laptop not plugged into anything that I can run off a car battery or charge via solar, and hopefully still be able to get to the data I want.