Originally Posted by Firefly7475
Maybe... but I think Apple would be able to hide the underlying implementation from the user.
Well, If anyone could do it would be Apple. Hey, They are able to market TimeMachine/TimeCapsule and users don't feel they need to know how it works.
When Apple first announced TimeMachine, I assumed it used ZFS internally -- but it doesn't. I poked around a bit to see what it was doing, and how -- and was satisfied. I suspect most users don't go any farther than the settings and the app itself -- never looking at the file structure.
Then again, the main idea I was thinking of for ZFS was swapping out drives with drives of greater capacities (WHS
style) which on further thought is actually something that would confuse mainstream
i.e. It would make more sense if your iHome 2TB Module
failed that it would direct you to purchase another iHome 2TB Module
from the Apple Store.
I think the way that could be handled is tell the user that the content manager:
-- uses HDDs in size-increments of 1 TB
-- moves your stuff around for speed and backup
-- always keeps enough free space, in its back pocket, to replace your biggest / or smallest drive
-- any time you (or the system) wants to replace a drive, you can use the same or bigger size-increment.
... Or just tell 'em it's magic!
Although I like your idea of a modular server (like your own personal Blade Server
!) I'm not sure non-tech types could get their heads around it. They need to be able to replace HDD modules, so they should
be able to add server modules as well... I'm just not sure I like the idea of needing to buy certain components to make features work properly.
It might be better to simply include the hardware needed to provide a list of functionality to a certain number of devices and leave it at that.
Then again I change my mind on how they should do the hardware weekly!
Well, you could do it either or both ways
What we'd have is something like:
$075 - 1 Valet (was server) Modules @ $75 each (without power supply)
$100 - 1 Valet (was server) Modules @ $100 each (with power supply)
$200 - 1 2TB HDDs @ 200 each (without power supply)
$225 - 1 2TB HDDs @ 200 each (with power supply)
$050 - 2 Power supplies @ $25 each
$100 - 1 Enclosure
$750 4 TB Home Server
Though, I have about 30 TB of LaCie HDDs: some 1-TBs, but mostly 2 TBs -- and the external brick power supplies fail on these all the time.
I didn't specify it, but the enclosure would have something like 8 bays (odd number). You might even allow 1u, 2u and 4u modules.
I assumed that the "Valet" (was server) module would be roughly equivalent to an AppleTV in CPU/GPU, RAM SSD storage -- less anything thing not needed (HDMI, USB, etc.)
You could add whatever number and types
of modules that make sense to your needs.
This would include: SSD modules; Airport router modules; AppleTV modules; Home Control modules; Security modules, etc.
And, of course, you can have multiple enclosures.
As the kids grow up and play sports, you start making a lot of home movies -- you might want to add a "Processor" module (with whatever CPUs and GPUs that make sense).
Then processing and rendering of those home movies can be distributed among any free CPU, CPUs, RAM, SSDs within the system (including the Valets).
Apple already has most of this software running on Mac OS X and some of it on iOS OS X.
That said, the list of functionality is pretty much agreed upon by everyone I talk to. Media/iTunes storage and streaming, shared TimeMachine and data sync between all devices and the cloud.
If Apple can nail that functionality (regardless of the hardware
) they'll have a wining product on their hands.
Yep! And anything purchased/provided through the iTunes store (apps, A/V, Movies, TV Shows, music, etc).. Wouldn't need to be backed up on the cloud -- the cloud already has a "single copy" that everyone shares. The cloud just needs to store a "token" for each user that says he has access to that item for his devices.
So, all the cloud-involved activity becomes very streamlined.
Personally I'd love to see iHome manage profile synchronization between iPads as well - so if I pick up any iPad in the house it has my configuration. Same goes for the wife and kids. That's more of a v2 thing though.
Exactly! Except that feature has business/enterprise implications as well: doctors and nurses at the nurses station; students at a lecture; attendees at a meeting; waiters in a restauranrt...
Finally I really really
hope they don't call it a "server". iHub, iCenter, iHome, Apple Unity, iCentral, iPivot, iCasa, iMesh, whatever... just not "Apple Home Server" or "iServer".
I agree! maybe: iGotIt
EDIT: I forgot to mention the ability to activate/sync iDevices over Wifi. The iHome should allow for the possibility of a desktop/laptop free home.
That's it! you also need a multiple-device recharging station.
When can I place my order?