Take a look at the Synology or QNap products.
They offer unrestricted access to the command line and
there are Cloud Applications available, which you can install
via their own paket repository.
I already read some posts describing successful owncloud
installations on Sysnologies.
You will pay the price for this kind of "convenience" (around
50 to 100 bucks additionally compared to Buffalos boxes),
but the focus of this companies are small offices and bigger
stuff, where I see Buffalos focus on private usage and small
home offices and NOT bigger.
My point of view:
If you have GOOD Linux knowledge, some of the Buffalo boxes
can't be beaten in price/performance ratio. But you will have to
pay the tradeoff of being responsible for security updates on
your own, building your own "OS" out of the Debian/Linux stuff
and compile all the good stuff on your own.
If your Linux knowledge is poor, buy one of the boxes of NAS
specialists like Synology or QNap, when you are interested in some
of the fancy stuff like Cloud, home automation, video surveillance,
The stock firmware of Buffalos boxes is just enough to show you,
what would have been possible, if one would have made up his mind,
before selling this stuff to the public (a lot of good ideas, but an
Please do not use private mail (PN/M) to ask questions. Use the proper forum instead. (me)
If there is no verified backup of a dataset, the dataset, by definition, is unimportant. (c't 2012)
RAID (no matter which level) never ever substitutes a backup. (me)