Its support for Hyper-V clusters needs improving, but you can present the storage as CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, etc.
What is most valuable?
- 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?
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
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.
Jul 16 2015