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Likelihood to Recommend

FreeNAS

If the user has system administrative experience and is willing to spend time learning FreeNAS, then FreeNAS is well worth it. If the user does not have much experience or does not have the time to learn FreeNAS, then using a COTs product that is more intuitive and easy to use might be beneficial.
FreeNAS is very powerful and can do basically anything you want it to do. The user just needs to spend the time to learn it as it may not be clearly intuitive how to implement the features that are needed for the user's organization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE MSA

The MSA is perfect for Disaster Recovery, but I wouldn't advise using it for production. Production is best left to flash storage and not spinning disk. I think the MSA would be appropriate for a test or sandbox network for testing and training as well. The storage is cheap and it is functional.
Josh Rice, MBA, ACSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

HPE MSA

  • Reliability - Very reliable. Great uptime and few issues.
  • Affordability - Great price/quality balance.
  • Scaleability, aimed at SMEs this serves our 400 server, 4000 user base, 50 TB storage well.
  • Support - HP quick and effective to sort out issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

FreeNAS

  • The NAS User Interface could be made more user-friendly and easier to configure, but in the most recent version improvements have been made.
  • It could be easier to back up the encryption key and configuration so they can be easily restored.
  • We have seen isolated issues when streaming large files (8GB+) across the network, specifically video files. Uploading and Downloading is fine, when but streaming live sometimes we see an issue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE MSA

  • Since it is a spinning disk, it isn't as fast as flash storage
Josh Rice, MBA, ACSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

FreeNAS

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HPE MSA

HPE MSA 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a functioning Replication system for us and checks all the boxes that the auditors are looking for. Further, it is inexpensive and the storage we purchased was cheap. HP has a good reputation in the industry that plays into the decision also.
Josh Rice, MBA, ACSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

FreeNAS

FreeNAS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
There were some things that can be found by other users on forums and Google and some things that were not.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE MSA

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Alternatives Considered

FreeNAS

If you are ready to build it yourself, FreeNAS is the best. I tried so many alternatives, including paid versions, and nothing compares to the power of FreeNAS. If you need an enterprise-grade NAS, you would go with an HPE or Dell because of the support, not the features. If you want a middle-range - QNap, Sinology, Netgear - they have an awesome product with powerful features, but you need to buy the hardware and software from them, with fewer options, and very basic support.
Tommy Boucher | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE MSA

We had tried Dell's solution but found it to be similar in price to HP and with very poor support and some performance issues. We also compared with some other vendors but ended up choosing HP due to reputation and wide user base.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

FreeNAS

  • Backing up FreeNAS is not simple, as it does not have a built-in option to backup.
Chris Thibeau | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE MSA

  • Increased up time. Better user experience.
  • Good value for money. ROI high.
  • Peace of mind. Just knowing that you rely on the solution to meet storage performance needs is great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

FreeNAS

General

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

HPE MSA

General

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

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