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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

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

IBM AIX

IBM AIX is a very powerful and extremely stable operating environment. It is well suited for applications that are business critical and cannot tolerate outages. It is best used to address large enterprise level application needs where stability and scalability are of paramount importance. IBM AIX is less useful for small enterprises.
Paul Lemmons | 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

IBM AIX

  • IBM AIX is a very stable server product, and I can't recall a time when the server has crashed due to a hardware fault.
  • If you have legacy software that can't run on the new-fangled Linux flavors, AIX might be the way to go.
  • AIX has a host of built-in management tools that makes system configuration easy for a novice.
Kenny McGarrity | 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

IBM AIX

  • Snapshot features can be added at LPAR Profile level.
  • HMC can be more interactive.
  • Hardware level Cluster addition part can be defined in HMC itself
Anurag Rai | 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

IBM AIX

IBM AIX 7.5
Based on 2 answers
There is lots of documentation out there for AIX. On the times I've had to address a hardware issue, IBM's support has been great.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

IBM AIX

Standard Linux distributions which are used more as commodity servers do not offer the ease of scale and growth that we see with our Aix implementations. IBM owning the HW and SW portions of the stack allows for tighter integrations and better performance windows.
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

IBM AIX

  • It has allowed us to reduce licensing counts for key systems
  • Volume and Filesystem resizing reduces downtime
  • Performance Management is great, lots of switches that can be moved to compensated for badly performing applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

FreeNAS

General

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

IBM AIX

General

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

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