FreeNAS is a m0n0Wall-based, Network Attached Storage (NAS) server designed mostly for embedded systems, but may be installed on generic PCs or USB key. It is developed by Olivier Cochard-Labbé and released under the BSD license.
Origin – Home Page: France – FreeNAS
Management Interface: Plain-text, browser-based (http), and console access.
Price: Free and Open Source.
Installation: The iso installation image for generic PCs weights in at less than 30 MB, and takes less than 10 minutes to install. configuration backup and restore
Networking: FreeNAS automatically detects and configure most wired and wireless network interface cards, and has support for IPv6, and 802.1Q VLAN. LAGG (Link AGGregation protocol) is also supported with the following possible options:
- FEC (Fast Ether Channel)
- LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol)
- Load Balancing
Logs and Monitoring: Support for SMART (Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). You can monitor the logs of all the services from the browser interface. Report emailing is supported.
Disk Management: FreeNAS has support for Software RAID (RAID 0, 1, and 5), with ability to encrypt disks using AES, 3DES, and Blowfish. Volume management is provided by the the geom_vinum storage module of GEOM, the FreeBSD storage framework.
Services: In addition to LDAP and Active Directory authentication, FreeNAS supports the following services: CIFS/SMB, FTP, SSH, NFS, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, Dynamic DNS, UPS, SNMP, Webserver (using LigHTTPD), iTunes/DAAP, and a few others. By default all the services are in the disabled state after installation. You just need to enable what you need. Services are advertised on the network via Zeroconf/Bonjour.
Download: Embedded and CD iso images are available for download here