FreeNAS vs. openSUSE Leap

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeNAS
Score 7.4 out of 10
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FreeNAS is an open source operating system that allows nearly any hardware serve as a network-attached storage device. It was developed by iXsystems.N/A
openSUSE Leap
Score 10.0 out of 10
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German company SUSE supports the Linux distribution, openSUSE. Leap is the stable and regular release option for installing openSUSE. New and experienced Linux users get the most usable Linux distribution and stabilized operating system with openSUSE’s regular release. Receive updates and harden the OS with openSUSE’s latest major distribution. Presented as the platform of choice for Linux developers, administrators and software vendors.N/A
Pricing
FreeNASopenSUSE Leap
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeNASopenSUSE Leap
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
FreeNASopenSUSE Leap
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(7 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeNASopenSUSE Leap
Likelihood to Recommend
iXsystems
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.
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SUSE
OpenSUSE Leap is well suited for just about any Linux task. Especially I like to use it as Docker base image for my software deployments, because it has a wide variety of software packages available already precompiled and packages are well maintained - vulnerable software versions are patched in reasonable time. OpenSUSE Leap is rpm based system, and it wouldn't install Debian or other systems packages. If your software is not an rpm package then OpenSUSE Leap would not be suitable for your system.
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Pros
iXsystems
  • 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.
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SUSE
  • Maintenance of software packages using YAST
  • Availability of patches when a vulnerability is discovered
  • Distribution upgrades
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Cons
iXsystems
  • 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.
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SUSE
  • Commercial packages not always available
  • Stable packages sometimes lag behind the latest releases
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Support Rating
iXsystems
There were some things that can be found by other users on forums and Google and some things that were not.
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SUSE
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Alternatives Considered
iXsystems
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.
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SUSE
openSUSE Leap has wide variety of already precompiled software packages in default repositories. It even has some specific packages in official repositories that are not available in other Linux distribution repositories. It is also very stable and reliable distro - we can predict when new versions will be released and when we should make system upgrades.
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Return on Investment
iXsystems
  • 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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SUSE
  • More effective maintenance means a smaller headcount needed for running the production servers.
  • The easiness of deployment means more time we can spend on software development of company-specific applications.
  • Great community support and overlap with other Linux systems mean that an answer to nearly any problem is usually one google query away.
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