Someone mentioned about Odroid C2 the being the best value and being having enough ooomf to serve multi user environments.
Actuall to be honest I believe it is Odroid but the http://www.hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php?g_code=G143452239825 XU4
Many of the budget SBC options available share there bandwidth across the Nic and USB ports, where the total I/O is limited to 300-600 Mb/s.
I would pick the XU4 as it would be possible to run a collection of disks that are valid in volume size and multitasking data operation for levels of the extended family and above.
I was just wondering is Nextcloud ever thought of creating an online shop, where the mutual benefit of community review could be coupled to the sale of known good product.
Currently it is possible to create quite large, extremely resilient raid devices, via some relatively cheap hardware.
I keep thinking there is no Makers enclosure where the economies of sale to a community would allow extremely cost effective and dynamic peer review guided product.
http://simplenas.com/products have come up with a few enclosures and I feel there is a makers gap here where we need a good well priced SBC / Nas enclosure and maybe the economies if scale will allow maybe a 1-4 drive drive unit, community designed on the criteria of cost and simplicity could offer much to all.
There are products such as http://www.ebuyer.com/620400-startech-com-usb-3-0-to-2-5-sata-iii-hard-drive-adapter-cable-w-usb3s2sat3cb?mkwid=s1w1UJ6bj_dc&pcrid=51482419499&pkw=&pmt=&gclid=CPGi1Iem2tECFcG7GwodF3UFtQ where USB3.0 to Sata can offer reasonable performance returns and there are some really stinky ones.
I always know if I do a trawl of Alibaba after a bit of hit and miss I could probably find a product just as good as the above for the fraction of the cost.
For me as an individual the hassle of finding this and the cost might even be more than sourcing the above.
I quite like the idea of a community hardware hub, then in an exchange of mutual benefit products could be sold, products could be reviewed, design ideas and implementations can be shared in terms of hardware.
Also these products are not just limited to Nextcloud as we are seeing a new range of cost effective products that are a combination of Nextcloud, NAS and Kodi needs.
The HouseCloud is very much a personal device and the Makers scene should be Homesteading this Noosphere and taking back ownership of this arena.
I have been having a google and a look at what I would purchase in my opinion and currently its the above or maybe the OrangePI Plus2.
The 2GB Ram and onboard SATA swing that one for me and apologies Raspberries as I know your a passionate lot.
But to be honest its still a hobbyist market, but there is a rake of products coming online and solutions like NextCloud, OpenWRT & Kodi are dragging Linux into the living room.
These products are cheap, sexy and cool and are attracting attention from a wider audience than the maker or hobbyist markets.
Products like http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_608910.html
Where its an Android TV set-top box with USB3.0, 1GB ethernet and a 2.5" Sata bay.
They are not the ones to buy as the chipsets are closed source but at a starting release price of £80 it is indicative of where costs and functionality are going.
I have got my eyes on the RK3399 as it will have all the above goodies, twice the processing power, but be very much part of an opensource offering.
I am unsure if I will aim for a raw RK3399 SBC or a finished product such as the say like the https://www.android-warehouse.com/en/ugoos-ut5-hexacore-android-tv-box-mini-pc-androidb.html
Got a feeling because I am aiming to be an early adopter it will be a TV box and later a raw board as they arrive on the market in extremely cost effective offerings.
I will be here posting my findings and asking questions like anybody tried a SATA port multiplier? Are they all the same and do the stink or not?
As for not much more than a tenner ( £10) they are on offer on Ebay and Amazon?
I have to say after initial reservations about Collabora (LOOL) when yo start thinking of what a cheap all in one box of Nextcloud, OpenWRT and Kodi could offer its quite exciting for a boring, geek, hobbyist maker like me.