My photos end up here. A little while ago I got a Infrant ReadyNAS NV+. After a few drive failures over the years I needed something that was RAID to store my data on. It is a great little box, very easy to setup, plug in, set an IP address and name, setup some shares, good to go. It does SMB, HTTP, FTP, and more. Will act as an iTunes server.
I still keep a copy of my photos locally on my computer for active use, but i sync them to the NAS after I’m done. If you need something for bulk storage i can highly recommend this box.