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Score 8.7 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

FreeNAS

FreeNAS worked best for me in creating a free network-attached storage for my Virtualization cluster testing. Where it has NFS, SMB, and iSCSI services, this provided several connection options, allowing me to test and select the service which provided the best performance. FreenNAS works great on old hardware. When creating a storage pool, the GUI provides all options very clear and easy to understand.
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Pros

FreeNAS

  • Portable configuration provides separation of bootable NAS and the drives. This makes it easy to move drives to a different NAS or replace failed hardware.
  • Supports many drive redundancy configurations such as Raid 0, 1, 5, 10.
  • Provides a full bootable, portable package that installs on old or new hardware to enable drives to be configured as a NAS using a Web UI.
  • Supports default or customer encryption keys to secure your data.
  • FreeNAS installs on a USB drive for performance
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Cons

FreeNAS

  • Deduplication. The deduplication uses so much RAM, and makes every write very slow. I have a very powerful server, with 128 GB of RAM, and when enabling deduplication, writes are 50% slower. Disaster. A Microsoft approach (cron job) using junction would be better, in my opinion...
  • VMs. They have a module for VMs, but, it's a pain. Based on FreeBSD, they should do something to make it work... or provide some images. Tried to make a Windows Server VMs with many tutorials, and can't get it to work.
  • Backup. It is very easy to use FreeNAS as a backup target, but when it's time to backup the FreeNAS itself... not that simple.
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Alternatives Considered

FreeNAS

Nas4Free, Windows File share, Unaid, OpenFiler
FreeNAS is the best build it yourself solution. It works on any type of hardware you can through at it. Has a multitude of options on how to share out the volumes allow you to select which is best for you.
Now with the ability to create and run VM's and all the additional plugins, FreeNAS is a great solution.
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Return on Investment

FreeNAS

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

FreeNAS

General

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

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