I know it isn’t as popular as Synology and QNAP, but I’ve been running an Asustor NAS for quite a while with flawless results. When I outgrew the 2-bay model, I explored other brands but ended up right back with Asustor and their AS6404t model. Love the software, and love the value of the device itself compared to the other brands.
The downside is that it doesn’t have a premade package for Roon in the same way Synology/QNAP does. I’ve seen a few threads on the topic and the general consensus was that Roon wouldn’t be supporting Asustor anytime soon… too small of a demand.
That said, I was wondering about the feasibility of running it as a virtual machine. My NAS has a reasonably potent Celeron J3455 CPU, and 8GB RAM, plus a 256GB SSD drive (along with a pair of 8TB traditional drives). Seems like all the ingredients are present for a good basic Roon experience, obviously not trying DSD512 upconversion and 8 zones.
I have never messed with virtual machines but I know the option exists. Has anyone else tried this on an Asustor device? They make a good number of models with i3 and i5 processors, in addition to the Celeron-based models like mine, so I figure someone out there has probably done it.