is essentially a self-contained computer connected to a network, with the sole purposeof supplying file-based data storage services to other devices on the network.
What is FreeNAS?
FreeNAS is an open source NAS software designed for use on standard computer hardware.
Provide data storage
Provide file systems
Provide access to files
Provide management of these functionalities
Features of FreeNAS:-
1.Is an open-source software and is easy to setup
Supports: CIFS (Samba), FTP, NFS, rsync, AFP protocols, iSCSI, S.M.A.R.T.,
Supports software RAID (0,1,5)
Has a web-based configuration interface5.FreeNAS takes less than 64 MB once installed on CompactFlash, hard driveor USB flash drive.6.Has plug-ins for various tools like SlimServer, iTunes etc7.Supports most of the existing hardware components.8.Provide security and SNMP(Simple Network Management) features.
1.RAID and Clustering is inbuilt thus data availability is usually high.2.Performance can be increased by NAS because the file serving is done bythe NAS and not done by a server responsible for also doing other processing.3.FreeNAS can be run solely from disk drive itself 4.Many of the popular software and hardware components are supported, so noneed for major up gradations.5.NAS can enable simpler and lower cost systems such as load-balancing andfault-tolerant email and web server systems by providing storage services
Open Source Network Attached Storage (NAS)
22 February 2008