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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • FreeNAS is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Cisco NX-OS

82%
13 Ratings
9.0

FreeNAS

90%
7 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Cisco NX-OS

82%
1 Rating

FreeNAS

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.2

Cisco NX-OS

82%
10 Ratings

FreeNAS

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Cisco NX-OS

79%
3 Ratings
8.0

FreeNAS

80%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.0

Cisco NX-OS

80%
10 Ratings

FreeNAS

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco NX-OS

This easy solution can be a great help for the big companies on easy multiple data processing and effective networking solutions for the various departments and also generating the real-time data reports with Cisco NX-OS is excellent. For the new users, it takes no time to become a pro on full manipulation of the features and offer the best and quality management services.
Rahim Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

FreeNAS is well suited for most storage serving scenarios, whether it be for an office file server, backup destinations, data replication across the internet, or as backend storage for virtual machines. It can serve various types of clients via a plethora of standard protocols and can easily integrate with existing infrastructure using LDAP authentication and so on. It's pretty simple to use (it helps to have at least a basic understanding of the underlying technologies) and almost maintenance-free. One scenario that springs to mind that it may not be appropriate for (yet) is as S3 storage. However, S3 functionality was added in a recent release and may have improved greatly since then. I'm sure it will eventually work very well for this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco NX-OS

  • Cisco NX-OS is very simple to use and user friendly CLI
  • NX-OS has a modular config so easy to configure.
  • NX-OS comes up with copp policy where we can define most of our system level ontrols instead of defining separate ACLs
Ramesh Kaka | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

  • The FreeNAS web interface is modern looking. It makes tasks like provisioning drives into raid volumes easy.
  • The ZFS raid option allows you to add in an SSD as a cache drive to increase performance.
Chris Thibeau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco NX-OS

  • Being used to Catalyst IOS the change in some commands gets annoying
  • It also came with a new license model compared to IOS devices
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

  • Not good for beginners as it requires deep understanding of networking and storage.
  • Most of the good and required features are not available in free version.
Pranay J | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco NX-OS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

FreeNAS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Usability

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.2
Based on 1 answer
NX-OS has many similarities with the traditional IOS which is quite beneficial when it comes to configuration and learning. As a native Linux system, there are a lot of tools and features that can be enabled for any use case.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.2
Based on 10 answers
Indeed, the latency is very, very low on the Nexus switches. As well, the VPC concept is quite easy to understand and to implement and is working perfectly with servers. So far, we didn't use much automation (unfortunately, we don't have much time and knowledge about this). But we can run scripts with [Cisco] NX-OS, which is really appreciable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 7.9
Based on 3 answers
Cisco support never fails me. In terms of timely response, no one is on par with them. They really value the impact of having technical issues and potential business stoppage. Also, their support staff are well equipped with knowledge and skills and easily resolve the most common incidents. Most of the time, we can resolve an issue by just calling them once.
John Patrick Duro | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

FreeNAS 8.0
Based on 2 answers
There were some things that can be found by other users on forums and Google and some things that were not.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco NX-OS

I have tried out Aruba's core switches. I would say that Cisco NX-OS is a better option for a core switch if resilience is critical. You are also going to tend to spend more money on NX-OS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

FreeNAS effectively uses all resources really well and it is highly recommended for in premises NAS. It has unlimited ROI as it is really free and open-source. The only payment we need to pay is when we need any support from those guys. FreeNAS helps us to effectively do our work with the legacy systems as it manages all the components really well. FreeNAS although rebranded to TrueNAS will still be there until our legacy systems run.
eldhose k shibu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS 8.0
Based on 10 answers
Excellent security is offered by the network operating system and the best power with effective scalability. Easy on security configuration and setting. Performance is also the best and very cost-effective and the data management capabilities are a very high and reliable tool that gathers all the network operations control in one room.
Veronica Derrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco NX-OS

  • Stable NX-OS gives peace of mind.
  • Performance and security is top class.
  • Documentation is very good to learn and refer later.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FreeNAS

  • Low-Cost Network Attached Storage
  • Provides additional network storage to support client & business operations
  • FreeNAS secures our data using custom encryption keys
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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