What is FreeBSD NAS?
FreeBSD NAS is a network-attached storage (NAS) software that can be installed on virtual machine or commodity x86-64 hardware platform to share data over a network. It is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data.Use FreeBSD NAS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. FreeBSD NAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.
FreeBSD NAS supports Windows, MacOS, Linux and Unix clients using the SMB, AFP, NFS, iSCSI, SSH, rsync and FTP/TFTP protocols.
FreeBSD NAS provides data integrity checking to prevent data corruption, enable point in time snapshotting, replication and several levels of redundancy including striping, mirroring, striped mirrors (RAID 1+0), RAID5 and RAID6.
The Web Interface simplifies administrative tasks. Every aspect of an FreeBSD NAS system can be managed from a Web Interface.
SMB/CIFS (Windows File shares), NFS (Unix File shares) and AFP (Apple File Shares), FTP, iSCSI (block sharing), and more.
Snapshots of the entire filesystem can be made and saved at any time. Access files as they were when the snapshot was made.
Employ the Replication feature to send Snapshots over the network to another system for true offsite disaster recovery.
FreeBSD NAS is enterprise-class NAS storage software designed with data protection as the primary objective. Hardware selection is critical for FreeBSD NAS to be able to achieve this goal. FreeBSD NAS is built to run on commodity x86 hardware. The basic guidelines given here range from bare minimum requirements to full-fledged business-ready systems.
- 64-bit hardware is required for current FreeBSD NAS releases. Intel processors are strongly recommended.
- 8 GB of RAM is required, with more recommended.
- SSDs, SATADOMs, or USB sticks can be used for boot devices. SSDs are recommended.
- 8 GB of RAM is the absolute minimum requirement. 1 GB per terabyte of storage is a standard starting point for calculating additional RAM needs, although actual needs vary. ECC RAM is strongly recommended.
- Directly-connected storage disks are necessary for FreeBSD NAS to provide fault tolerance.
- Intel 1 Gb or 10 Gb Ethernet cards are recommended.