FreeNAS Overview

FreeNAS is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top NAS tools. It is most often compared to NETGEAR ReadyNAS: FreeNAS vs NETGEAR ReadyNAS

What is FreeNAS?
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.
FreeNAS Buyer's Guide

Download the FreeNAS Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: February 2021

FreeNAS Customers
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about FreeNAS pricing:
  • "For our configuration, we pay a little bit less than €10,000 ($12,000 USD) per year."
  • "Its price is okay. It suits our needs."
  • "We use the free version of the program."

FreeNAS Reviews

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John Boggero
Consultant at ITIP
Consultant
Jun 2, 2020
Efficient, good reporting, and integrates well with both Windows and Linux systems

What is our primary use case?

We are using FreeNAS as a network storage solution, which acts a repository for our data. We have a large amount of data being stored.

Pros and Cons

  • "It integrates well into either Windows or Linux environments."
  • "The support for S3 needs to be improved."

What other advice do I have?

One of the improvements in the most recent version is the support to better control the temperature of the equipment. For example, we are able to retrieve and monitor the temperature of devices easily. My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to think about what level of support is needed. FreeNAS is web-based, community support, whereas TrueNAS has more reliable support. Either way, the product is stable. The biggest lesson that I have learned is not to store a large number of snapshots. This solution allows for unlimited snapshot capability, although even for just one month…
MurrayStrome
Member of the Board of Directors at PCI Geomatics
User
Aug 6, 2019
No data are lost when a hard drive fails

What is our primary use case?

I use it primarily for backup and for transfer of very large files between Windows and Linux computers on my LAN.

What other advice do I have?

The only other alternative that I could suggest might be a Cloud backup solution
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John Banta
Self Employed at AOK Consulting Inc
Real User
Oct 31, 2020
Reliable, stable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We use it for our interim backup solution. We are using the latest version.

What is most valuable?

Its stability is the most valuable. It is reliable, and we don't have to worry too much about it.

What needs improvement?

They can improve the integration with PSA systems. This functionality could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using FreeNAS for probably two and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. We haven't been running into problems with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales pretty well. There are five engineers who use this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good. There are no…
Saieeh Ahangary
Engineer at a university with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 29, 2019
It is fun to work on, fast and very user-friendly

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is for storage of our research; for privacy.

What is most valuable?

The program is fast, fun to work on and easy.

What needs improvement?

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. This is a problem - especially if we want to make integration changes.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working on this program for a around eighteen months now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has been very stable so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

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