FreeNAS versus the NetApp Storevault S300 and the Iomega Storcenter Pro-Nas 150d.

February 23, 2008

In the latest issue of PC Magazine, (the link is a past review on the site) they reviewed NAS storage options.  I have to say that I am surprised at the cost of these boxes.  The NetApp is $2500 and the Iomega is $1700.  Both have a storage limit of three TB.  The NetApp gets transfer rates of around 64 Mbps at best.  The Iomega is slower.

The FreeNAS box I built with 4 TB of storage cost less than both boxes.  The upper limit on storage is significantly higher.  Transfer rates can be over 100 Mbps.  In short, a FreeNAS box with old hardware is far superior to these devices and costs less.

They also review and a Windows home server appliance but that’s not even worth mentioning.  I am surprised that dedicated NAS devices aren’t all benchmarked against a FreeNAS server.  It is clearly the home and small business standard.


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