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Attribute Ratings

  • FreeNAS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

FreeNAS

90%
7 Ratings
8.7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

87%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

FreeNAS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

90%
1 Rating

Usability

FreeNAS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.0

FreeNAS

80%
2 Ratings
8.5

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

85%
14 Ratings

Implementation Rating

FreeNAS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

90%
2 Ratings

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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Red Hat

[ Red Hat Enterprise Linux] (RHEL) is a great suite for almost everything Linux and has a great ecosystem free Open Source of third party repositories to find what is not provided by default. ... an environment where 24x7 support is required, their support level is awesome, environments with a lot of vendor dependent applications, since almost all of them build their apps for [ Red Hat Enterprise Linux] (RHEL). [ Red Hat Enterprise Linux] (RHEL) could improve: SAP environments, I've compared its integration levels to other Linux vendors and it could be better. Mainframe (390) solutions. Although [ Red Hat Enterprise Linux] (RHEL) support for System Z is great, I believe SUSE's is better.
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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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Red Hat

  • Support for multiple shell environments. It supports most of the popular shell environments and lets you create shell scripts for your backend tasks.
  • It comes with nice out of the box features for OS level performance monitoring and troubleshooting.
  • RHEL has a great support forum. If you ever need technical help, the forum is extremely useful.
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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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Red Hat

  • We were hoping to deploy Red Hat Certificate Services but even after professional consulting with Red Hat, we weren't able to integrate it into our Microsoft environment due to the inability of performing workstation auto-enrollment.
  • The license renewal/support costs appear to rival those of other operating system providers which makes you wonder about the added value you are expecting.
  • Hardware compatibility can be a little restrictive if you are using lesser known non-mainstream specialized products.
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Pricing Details

FreeNAS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

FreeNAS editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      iXsystems

      No answers on this topic

      Red Hat

      We find RHEL to be a superior OS with stable operations and long life. It is also easier to use and fix then most other OS's.
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      Usability

      iXsystems

      No answers on this topic

      Red Hat

      RHEL has most of the features that are required by an ERP solution. If you need any additional packages, RHEL has a great repository and a very easy package installation/upgrade process.
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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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      Red Hat

      Red Hat support has really come a long way in the last 10 years, The general support is great, and the specialized product support teams are extremely knowledgeable about their specific products. Response time is good and you never need to escalate.
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      Implementation Rating

      iXsystems

      No answers on this topic

      Red Hat

      Don't be afraid of it, its easy to install and configure for the tasks needed.
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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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      Red Hat

      While the other flavors of Linux listed above can be used to achieve similar goals, RHEL was chosen due to: 1. Excellent support, both professional and through the community 2. Tried and tested security 3. Its Binary compatibility with Cent OS is a major plus as it allows a test environment to be built without additional licensing
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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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      Red Hat

      • Overall, RHEL has helped us achieve heights in performance management and handling a large crowd at once with its huge management capacities. It is highly reliable and if used with apt load balancers you will not require more than one backup server because the crash frequency is minimal.
      • No negative impacted has been faced as of now since using RHEL.
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