FreeNAS Review

Its support for Hyper-V clusters needs improving, but you can present the storage as CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, etc.


What is most valuable?

  • Snapshot
  • Easy to manage
  • You can present storage as CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

  • We save a ton of money
  • It's got a nice, user-friendly interface
  • Snapshot replication between the units
  • Easy configuration

What needs improvement?

Its support for Hyper-V clusters.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered,

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Dell EqualLogic, and 3PAR. I like the 3PAR, but it is very expensive. Instead, I just spent money for fast SSD drives, installed FreeNAS, and you have a better solution then 3PAR.

How was the initial setup?

It's easy to install. You download the program, and click through the wizard which - very simple. At the end, you just browse the IP and configure your storage the way you want to.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You have to pay for your hardware, but FreeNAS itself is open-source.

What other advice do I have?

After using FreeNAS I will never spend money for commercial products like Dell or 3Par.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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