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Find out what your peers are saying about FreeNAS vs. StarWind Storage Appliance and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"It integrates well into either Windows or Linux environments.""The solution has been very stable so far."

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"Another good feature is that you can pause the appliance if you want to move it from one location to another and then once it's moved you can resume it, this way you can physically move the whole cluster or storage without any downtime. Its really easy to use, if you have a good foundation in storage and clustering then you will need less then one hour to figure out how to operate it.""The management interface is the most valuable feature for us."

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Cons
"The support for S3 needs to be improved.""The latest version of the dashboard doesn't work as good as the previous version."

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"It needs more integration with backup vendors so there is native integration with it that will allow storage level backup/snapshots. I would love to see integration with Veeam and Commvault so it can be recognized by them directly and added as network storage.""They could improve by providing integration with HP."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"For our configuration, we pay a little bit less than €10,000 ($12,000 USD) per year.""We use the free version of the program."

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"It costs about 50,000 euros."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution has been very stable so far.
Top Answer: We use the free version of the program.
Top Answer: The latest version of the dashboard doesn't work as good as the previous version. Sometimes we change our dashboard back to the previous version because the latest version just doesn't work as good… more »
Top Answer: The management interface is the most valuable feature for us.
Top Answer: They could improve by providing integration with HP.
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Overview
FreeNAS is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share data over a network. FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use FreeNAS with ZFS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. FreeNAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.

For SMB and Enterprises who are looking for high performance primary storage for server virtualization, VDI, database and Big Data scenarios, or inexpensive secondary backup tier, our solution is StarWind Storage Appliance. It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, and associated software into an easily scalable storage platform.

Additionally, the appliance features an optional gateway to Azure public cloud, which helps to implement an effective Disaster Recovery plan or meet regulatory requirements. StarWind SA scales up by adding individual disks and flash modules, or JBODs, while adding ready controller nodes allows scaling out. 

StarWind SA targets those, who need high-performance primary storage or secondary storage for backup. In case there is a whole virtualization infrastructure to build from scratch, StarWind HCA will come in handy. Otherwise, if all the required hardware is present, StarWind Virtual SAN will be enough to build a high-performance virtualization setup. 

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Find out what your peers are saying about FreeNAS vs. StarWind Storage Appliance and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
438,043 professionals have used our research since 2012.
FreeNAS is ranked 6th in NAS with 3 reviews while StarWind Storage Appliance is ranked 7th in NAS with 2 reviews. FreeNAS is rated 8.4, while StarWind Storage Appliance is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of FreeNAS writes "Efficient, good reporting, and integrates well with both Windows and Linux systems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Storage Appliance writes "Works as a service and does not require too many resources on the host". FreeNAS is most compared with NETGEAR ReadyNAS, NetApp FAS Series, Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon), HPE StoreEasy and Qumulo, whereas StarWind Storage Appliance is most compared with StorMagic SvSAN, StarWind Virtual SAN, HPE StoreVirtual and VMware vSAN. See our FreeNAS vs. StarWind Storage Appliance report.

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