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Attribute Ratings

  • TrueNAS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

FreeNAS

90%
7 Ratings
9.4

TrueNAS

94%
27 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

FreeNAS

80%
2 Ratings

TrueNAS

N/A
0 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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iXsystems

For a large, robust, well-secured, and stable storage system, TrueNAS is very well suited. Virtual Machine support is great. Shared filesystems (SMB, NFS, iSCSI, WebDav, AFP) are very well implemented. Time machine support is fantastic; security is very granular. Do not try to use it as a replacement for VMWare... (no migration, etc.)
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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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iXsystems

  • iSCSI Datastores for virtualization.
  • NFS store for unix storage or backups over networking.
  • Very fast performance, sometimes outclassing SSD arrays even in NFS.
  • The ZFS filesystem has given use much greater flexibility.
  • Using their newer servers we could in theory scale to any height of required storage.
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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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iXsystems

  • Better explanations of what a 'jail' is.
  • Update the UI to support easier creation or clearer creation of new arrays.
  • More plugin integrations.
  • The ability to run scripts to copy things locally such as to a usb RDX hard drive.
  • Proper USB 3.0 support.
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Pricing Details

FreeNAS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

FreeNAS editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    TrueNAS

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    TrueNAS 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

      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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      iXsystems

      No answers on this topic

      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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      iXsystems

      TrueNas is free and is easy to use. There is no requirement of configuration and other technical details which one has to use when buying a NAS and installing it by oneself. The ease of use and speed of use make TrueNas a better option than investing in hardware, configuring the hardware, and maintenance of the hardware when all this comes free and with easy usability features.
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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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      iXsystems

      • Using a TruNAS integrated solution has reduced support overhead compared to using custom hardware.
      • Being cheaper than full flash storage arrays, this unit allows for a good balance of speed with its use of SSD-based caching drives.
      • The reliability of the hardware/software integration means I spend less time troubleshooting and more time doing business. Coming from a custom-built solution it is apparent that IX Systems has done some extensive testing.
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