I have recently been playing with Plex on a Mac mini. The Mac mini is using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for storage of the media files. I am a bit of a power miser so had the Mac mini set for pretty aggressive power saving. I was going to watch my media files and my system was constantly coming up with no content found. Relaxing the power settings did not solve the problem for me unless it was for very extended periods. It did not take me long to find out that Mountain Lion has very aggressive sleep settings which whilst good also have dramatic impacts upon network attached storage – those network drives are essentially lost. So the question for me is how do you get OS X 10.8 to reconnect those network drives every time the Mac mini wakes.
There are now a wide variety of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices that can act as a “Home Server”. They have been developed as a storage device firstly and with increasing processor power they have evolved to be able to take on more roles. The ability to provide streaming media to media playing devices in your house. Running a web server and mail server in your house for the world to connect to. Even the ability to record television programs and act as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR). The question is do they cut the mustard as a home server though.
The idea of a home server has been on the rise for a number of years, but as I write this perhaps it is beginning to swing the other way. The introduction of many cloud based computing services is beginning to raise doubts, in me at least, as to the need for a home server for many people.