My NAS is close to running low on space, and the problem I'm running into is that it's just painful to sort through the years worth of data I've stored on there. I've been lazy at times, and just kept kicking the can down the road for the past decade with larger hard drives and newer NAS setups. I was hoping in time some way of enabling full Spotlight indexing would come along, but at best hacks of the past were unreliable and failed to keep working.
So now I'm debating how to just address the problem head on. One idea is to take all the data off, wipe the NAS, then set it back up as one solid iSCSI disk. Then, install OS X Server (10.7, and possibly 10.8 later once a point release or two is out) on my nearly always on Mini, and let it use the NAS as one big disk, complete with spotlight indexing usable remotely from my other machines.
Anyone else in this camp, using the ReadyNAS as just solid iSCSI space? What types of issues do I need to be aware of with it? My main concerns are ensuring I can still expand the RAID later, and grow the space. I also want to ensure it's stable. Odds are, the Mini will spend a decent portion of the day asleep, any weird issues resuming from sleep and losing iSCSI access? Also, what initiator do I need to go with that will work well with the ReadyNAS Ultra 4? I'm hesitant to go with the free GlobalSAN one due to the issues reported with it, but also $200 up front for the ATTO also has me hesitant in case this doesn't work out in the end.