Re: NAS Server Solution...
I am currently trying to do somewhat of the same thing. I am setting up a home media server.
What kind of systems will be interacting with the server?
Are you wanting to do a hot-swappable raid?
(I was looking into the drobo pretty seriously, still am somewhat. I really want the ability to just pop in new drives when I need them and add the storage space to the data pool)
As far as the email notification system goes. That is a really keen idea, but I'm not really sure how you could do this. Probably setup an email account on gmail, company imap server, whatever. set it to an email client on the server box, then write a simple script to continuously test our drives and when a test fails, send out an email.
School: University of South Alabama (Information Technology)
Computers: 2.4ghz MacBook, Athlon XP Ubuntu 8.10 server.
I'll think of more to put here later.