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FreeNAS Mini - Network Attached Storage (Diskless)

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  • Energy efficient, powerful Intel Eight-Core 2.4GHz CPU, 17 Watt max power draw, 16GB of ECC memory (32GB upgrade optional, see our amazon listings), 4 hot-swappable, tool-less front loading drive bays, On-board dual Gigabit network controllers, 200W Power Supply.
  • FreeNAS supports sharing for every major operating system with SMB/CIFS (Windows file shares), NFS (Unix file shares) and AFP (Apple File Shares) as well as FTP, iSCSI, and other methods.
  • FreeNAS Plug-ins for PLEX, DLNA Streaming Media Server functionality, and many other services for the home & office.
  • FreeNAS supports multiple data protection features such as ZFS RAID, full-disk encryption, snapshots & replication.
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Ports (2 front, 1 rear), 1 x Serial Port (DB9), 1 x VGA and Physical Security with locking front bezel, latchable drive trays, and chassis lock eyelet (for cable or pad lock).
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 8.3 inches ; 23 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 23 pounds
  • ASIN: B00EQJ1BTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The New FreeNAS Mini by iXsystems

We've been building servers and storage for open source for over 20 years. We're also the people behind FreeNAS, the most popular storage operating system in the world. Now, we're putting the two together to present the all-new FreeNAS Mini. We hand-picked the hardware, tested it, and put it through the rigorous iXsystems burn-in process. With 16GB of ECC RAM (see our amazon listings for 32GB), an energy efficient 8-core Intel 2.4GHz CPU, dual gigabit network links, Western Digital Red storage drives, a dedicated IPMI port for remote "lights out" management, and the familiar FreeNAS interface, the FreeNAS Mini keeps your data safe and makes it more useful than you ever imagined possible.

The new FreeNAS Mini is designed from the ground up to be the absolute best hardware you can use for FreeNAS. The multi-core processor is capable of doing heavy-duty, parallel video transcoding (useful with Plex and DLNA plugins), and the advanced encryption instructions make data encryption just as fast as writing the data in the clear. ECC RAM is the icing on the cake, keeping your precious data safe from in-flight corruption. In addition, the FreeNAS Mini's front loading, tool-less drive bays now support hot-swap functionality.

Powerful Storage Features

The FreeNAS Mini offers a full set of storage features for home and business applications. Advanced users comfortable with FreeBSD can take advantage of the command line interfaceas well as the web user interface. The Mini features ZFS filesystem support which includes data integrity protection, periodic snapshots, automatic repair, and RAID-Z to help manage and store your critical files. Periodic snapshots of your data and remote replication of your snapshots to an off-site server provide additional security and peace of mind.



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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Will McDoe on March 31, 2014
[[ Full disclosure, I'm a ZFS nerd, use ZFS on FreeBSD in production on a few thousand hosts over the years, and am very excited to see this product listed for general consumers in need of a NAS. I am an advanced user with detailed knowledge of the internals, but this host is usable by novices - dig up screenshots if you don't believe me. ]]

Once you go ZFS, you can't go back. One word: checksums (and transaction groups, i.e. no fsck/file system check is required ever). If you have family photos, important documents, movies, or music, bitrot and data corruption is a silent enemy. And not something you ever have to worry about with ZFS (with checksums enabled, the default setting). The first time you see the data corruption counter tick up out of 0, you'll wonder how you survived until now - mental it's a game changer to realize this happens periodically (and sometimes on critical files).

Like I said, I've been using ZFS for years in production and I'm ecstatic to have a low power unit for my home office (I purchased my unit directly from iX once this new form-factor came out because it has dual GE NIC ports, which means I can replace my router with this box). 20W, 16GB of RAM, up to 12TB usable in a RAID 3+1 config and able to saturate a 1GE link. Excellent.

Other low end Linux or embedded NAS units are infuriating when you need to troubleshoot something or there is some kind of corruption. This is a small, low power PC that you can salvage replacement components out of and even transfer your drives to a stock FreeBSD host. The OS is mounted via a RAM disk which is loaded from a read-only internal flash drive. Also, with 12TB of usable storage (pre-compression), not having to file system check ever is a big deal if the power goes out.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By toaster on April 28, 2014
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After receiving and opening the unit, I filed a ticket with iXsystems to find out where I should mount two internal 2.5" drives -- the documentation on their site said it supported them. One was easily identified on the side of the hot-swap drive bays (inside the case). iX sent me (for free!) a carrier that fit into the slimline cd drive bay on the top to hold the second drive. One 2.5" is for the host os (freebsd10), the other is for a ZFS L2Arc (ssd).

So far the unit is running very well. The fan is a bit noisier than an hp microserver, but the sound it makes is more "whooshy" and less "whiney" -- I attribute this to the hp microserver having a very noisy psu, and the FreeNAS mini's large fan is louder, and clearly pulls more air through it than microserver. I wouldn't want it sitting near me on the top of a desk while I was working for very long, but under a desk or in a corner of a room it is bearable.

The build quality seems very good. Support has been timely and responsive to the few questions I have asked.

In addition, I had ordered the 16GB of additional ram separately, and iXsystems noticed this and incorporated the ram in the build, as well as refunded the additional shipping cost of the ram. Very nice service.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fernando on May 27, 2014
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iXsystem did a good job putting this system together.
I have no issues running several transfer and backups while running plex...
I have several jails running including virtualbox and the system is having no issues dealing with the load.

Their tech support is outstanding. A+

Best NAS I have ever own...
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