Summary: The ease of setup, the price, and the 8tb of storage make this a no-brainer.
Pros: 8tb of storage Very reasonable price Quick setup - Only took 10 minutes to install on the rack - I've read a lot of reviews here and elsewhere saying that it was very difficult to interface with active directory. This is not true. I was able to interface immediately. And I do not consider myself an advanced-level sysadmin.
Cons: I haven't noticed anything yet. Setting up directories and permissions based on Active Directory has been a breeze.
Summary: I own a forensic consulting business. We have gone about 90% paperless over the past few years and this unit has been key to our success. In the forensics business, safe storage of evidence is crucial. Most of our evidence these days is in electronic form (photos, program data files, reports, scanned paper files, etc), so a failure of a unit can be devastating.
Summary: This is the first time I've ever taken the time to write a review, but I'm here to buy yet another one of these units, and I felt compelled to respond to a couple of the negative reviews here. First off, this is the Terastation III, not the Pro as referenced in another review. Additionally, I own a medium sized video and animation facility, with up to 7 artists accessing one of our three Terastation IIIs at all times for video, animation, and rendering, and this unit IS...
Pros: Great system easy to setup and love the web interface. I was astounded with the quality of the physical product and found that the configuration was quite simple! I will certainly buy another one when needed!
Summary: I purchased this unit to take the load off my $40,000 Equallogic while I did some BIOS updates. It performed without fail. Performance was not as good as the Equallogic, but the Buffalo has 1/4 of the drives and 1/20th of the price, so that wasn't unexpected. I would not recommend it for an VMWare environment under full load, but it was easy to set as an iSCSI Target in my ESXi environment, and took the off-hours load without a failure.
Summary: I am very pleased with my Tera station, it does everything that is advertised. Its a bit of a job setting some of it up if like me you are not that good at IT. But i have done it with the help of the tech staff at Buffalo, my stumbling block was setting up the "using web access". It would not take the Buffalonas.com name, it just did nothing.
Summary: Bought the 4TB which offers plenty of space DLNA works well with all my devices Very Good product although a bit expensive so far i have been impressed by number of Firmware updates available on the Buffalo website