FreeNAS Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 17, 2020

FreeNAS best bang for buck

Score 8 out of 10
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I needed a cost effective NAS in order to store and share files within the network. FreeNAS fit the bill as the name implied it was 'FREE'. FreeNAS was used primarily by the testing department and solved the issue of keeping a 'golden' set of files that should be the most up to date all in one location. If anyone needed a specific file or software, they would be able to look to this location and know that it is current.
  • Cost effective
  • Many options and features
  • Not beginner friendly
  • Buggy
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.
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Chris Thibeau | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 29, 2019

Freenas, the best great free NAS solution

Score 9 out of 10
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I required a free network attached storage solution that would work with testing different virtualization solutions. Freenas was a perfect fit, as it supports NFS, SMB, and ISCSI sharing.
I use FreeNAS on old hardware, and it is extremely reliable. It uses a USB stick to boot from, which leaves all the internal data ports available for storage.
  • 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.
  • I found it hard to set user specific security options on shares.
FreeNAS worked best for me in creating a free network-attached storage for my Virtualization cluster testing. Where it has NFS, SMB, and iSCSI services, this provided several connection options, allowing me to test and select the service which provided the best performance. FreenNAS works great on old hardware. When creating a storage pool, the GUI provides all options very clear and easy to understand.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 26, 2019

FreeNAS makes Network Attached Storage cheaper and easier

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FreeNAS is opensource software that is based on FreeBSD OS. It provides bootable software to run Network Attached Storage for your organization and provides many features, some of which are enterprise level. It can be loaded on virtually any machine, new or old to turn it into a NAS. We use it within departments to provide additional network storage for employees. It supports multiple drives, custom encryption keys, and separation of OS and NAS.
  • Portable configuration provides separation of bootable NAS and the drives. This makes it easy to move drives to a different NAS or replace failed hardware.
  • Supports many drive redundancy configurations such as Raid 0, 1, 5, 10.
  • Provides a full bootable, portable package that installs on old or new hardware to enable drives to be configured as a NAS using a Web UI.
  • Supports default or customer encryption keys to secure your data.
  • FreeNAS installs on a USB drive for performance
  • 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.
FreeNAS is well suited to provide NAS services using existing drives and hardware. It is a low-cost solution that is very powerful and flexible to provide Network Attached Storage to your organization. If enterprise performance is required, please use the appropriate hardware for your custom NAS so you have sufficient network bandwidth, processing power, memory, and drive performance.
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Tommy Boucher | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 31, 2018

For both home and business, so powerful!

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FreeNAS is the central depot. Not only it is used as a file server (SMB/WebDAV), but also as a block storage for hypervisor (iSCSI), and many services provider (including usage of jail). I host many products on it like UrBackup and NextCloud.

Installed on a dual CPU 2U server with 16 front bays, I use a combination of SATA 3TB Drives and 240 GB SSD drives. The SSD Drives are used as a read cache, but also as a write cache (50 GB mirror).

ZFS is one of the most stable, reliable and fast file systems! Running over FreeBSD is very powerful. The community is awesome.
  • RAIDZ, fast and simple, and reliable.
  • SSD Caching, for both Read and Write.
  • Many services, from FileServer (FTP, SMB, WebDAV, ...), including iSCSI, and many other available using jail
  • Powerful UI, easy to monitor, and manage.
  • Awesome community, with many improvements every build.
  • Deduplication. The deduplication uses so much RAM, and makes every write very slow. I have a very powerful server, with 128 GB of RAM, and when enabling deduplication, writes are 50% slower. Disaster. A Microsoft approach (cron job) using junction would be better, in my opinion...
  • VMs. They have a module for VMs, but, it's a pain. Based on FreeBSD, they should do something to make it work... or provide some images. Tried to make a Windows Server VMs with many tutorials, and can't get it to work.
  • Backup. It is very easy to use FreeNAS as a backup target, but when it's time to backup the FreeNAS itself... not that simple.
FreeNAS is awesome for any kind of storage, including VMs or database because it is really reliable and fast. If you can have a robust backup strategy, and maybe a second box for replication, it would be a no-brainer.

Tried to go true TrueNAS, which is one of the paid versions of FreeNAS, but they will only do next business day, hardware shipping. If you need a 24/7 on-site support, it is a no go. You are on your own.
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About FreeNAS

FreeNAS is an open source operating system that allows nearly any hardware serve as a network-attached storage device. It was developed by iXsystems.

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