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Poll Results: What OS do you use for your NAS system?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 41% of voters (16)
    FreeNAS
  • 2% of voters (1)
    unRAID
  • 5% of voters (2)
    Amahi
  • 0% of voters (0)
    OpenFiler
  • 51% of voters (20)
    Other ( please specify)
39 Total Votes  
post #11 of 35
OS:FreeNas 8.04 (for now anyway)

Storage Amount:x3 640GB,total 1.3TB's(RAIDZ) & x2 2TB's(MIRRORED)

CPU:
AMD E-350 @ 1.6GHZ

RAM:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS 1066 8GB's

Comments about your experience:I like the Freenas OS setup especially with ZFS as it's storage solution.But I plan on expanding my storage, which with ZFS can be more expensive and not provide as much total storage as other OS's.Plus there's the fact that in the end I'll want more functionality than just storage in the future,hence the for now anyway...
 
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thanks for all the info guys, lets keep 'em coming thumb.gif
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post #13 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by reezin14 View Post

OS:FreeNas 8.04 (for now anyway)
Storage Amount:x3 640GB,total 1.3TB's(RAIDZ) & x2 2TB's(MIRRORED)
CPU:
AMD E-350 @ 1.6GHZ
RAM:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS 1066 8GB's
Comments about your experience:I like the Freenas OS setup especially with ZFS as it's storage solution.But I plan on expanding my storage, which with ZFS can be more expensive and not provide as much total storage as other OS's.Plus there's the fact that in the end I'll want more functionality than just storage in the future,hence the for now anyway...

Why would ZFS be more expensive when, being a software RAID, it's only as expensive as the HDDs you buy?

Sorry to go on a tangent here, but you might be interested to know that FreeNAS will become a lot more multi-functional in future releases. The latest version (8x) saw the devs completely rewrite the plug in system which meant a number of cool features that was available in the legacy versions were unavailable in the current build. However the new plug in system is significantly more advanced so it should allow for better plug ins and more of them.
Edited by Plan9 - 4/18/12 at 2:50am
post #14 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

Why would ZFS be more expensive when, being a software RAID, it's only as expensive as the HDDs you buy?
Sorry to go on a tangent here, but you might be interested to know that FreeNAS will become a lot more multi-functional in future releases. The latest version (8x) saw the devs completely rewrite the plug in system which meant a number of cool features that was available in the legacy versions were unavailable in the current build. However the new plug in system is significantly more advanced so it should allow for better plug ins and more of them.

Because of this(pics),you have to buy 2 disk at a minimum to add to the storage pool(raidz/mirroring).Amahi,Windows & Linux you'd only need to buy one to add to the storage pool.Hence it can be more expensive.You might be interested to know that I've been using freenas for awhile and see where it might be heading,but that doesn't take away the fact that other OS's offer more features at this time.And yes I know about the changes going from 7 to 8 which is why some frowned upon the latest release.I hope that they get more plug-ins to add to the functionality,because I think FreeNas is a great little OS.It just needs some tweaking.


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I use a proprietary Linux with a Synology 210j.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by reezin14 View Post

Because of this(pics),you have to buy 2 disk at a minimum to add to the storage pool(raidz/mirroring).Amahi,Windows & Linux you'd only need to buy one to add to the storage pool.Hence it can be more expensive.You might be interested to know that I've been using freenas for awhile and see where it might be heading,but that doesn't take away the fact that other OS's offer more features at this time.And yes I know about the changes going from 7 to 8 which is why some frowned upon the latest release.I hope that they get more plug-ins to add to the functionality,because I think FreeNas is a great little OS.It just needs some tweaking.
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You can add a single disk to ZFS if you want. You can even add fractions of a single disk to a storage pool if you really want (in fact I've personally done this). You just wouldn't have a redundancy if you add a single disk - but that's the same for any storage pool.

What that picture you linked to is on about is adding additional raids to the storage pool and you can't have a raid with fewer than 1 disk (well technically you can as you could array partitions and/or virtual devices on the same disk, but that would just be retarded). So you'd have that problem if you wanted to add new raids to any storage pool regardless of the OS or FS.


Also sorry if I sounded preachy about FreeNAS - that wasn't my intention. smile.gif
I know what you mean about the functionalities though. I wanted some specific requirements (eg virtual machines) so I'd have installed so much stuff manually that I just decided it was easier to go with FreeBSD and build my own NAS from the ground up.
Edited by Plan9 - 4/18/12 at 12:14pm
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You can add a single disk to ZFS if you want. You can even add fractions of a single disk to a storage pool if you really want (in fact I've personally done this). You just wouldn't have a redundancy if you add a single disk - but that's the same for any storage pool.
What that picture you linked to is on about is adding additional raids to the storage pool and you can't have a raid with fewer than 1 disk (well technically you can as you could array partitions and/or virtual devices on the same disk, but that would just be retarded). So you'd have that problem if you wanted to add new raids to any storage pool regardless of the OS or FS.
Also sorry if I sounded preachy about FreeNAS - that wasn't my intention. smile.gif
I know what you mean about the functionalities though. I wanted some specific requirements (eg virtual machines) so I'd have installed so much stuff manually that I just decided it was easier to go with FreeBSD and build my own NAS from the ground up.

Most run a home server with the intentions of having redundancy,I know I do.Plus backups so the data is always available.That's why it doesn't make sense to add just 1 drive in this environment,which makes it more expensive to add 2 or more drives.And with reference to that, with Amahi or WHSv1,WHS 2011(DriveBender,Stablebit,Flexraid) you can just add a single drive to expand your pool + added redundancy(Amahi).

I understand about the raid factor,probably why I never really wanted to go along those lines.But I personally would like to get the most storage for the price as possible when going 10TB's or above(soon will be).To me,I just wish it had some added features & was easier on the wallet to expand storage. Don't get me wrong,like I said before FreeNas/ZFS is top-notch and dose what it's suppose to do.I guess if I had enough $$ to go 20TB's right-off the bat,this setup would be golden.But with the way prices are now,I don't so... .But your point/s are well taken. wink.gif
 
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