One of the popular questions that are asked about FreeNAS is can the RAID size be increased later on when new disks are added. It is possible if you are prepared to use the command line and get your hands dirty.
Mike Oliver has posted a great post about growing RAID arrays. He is using FreeNAS 0.7 and he gives full details on how to do it!
You can read more here: FreeNAS 0.7.3953, RAID 1, growfs… oh my!
VIA have launched the ARTiGO A2000 Barebones Storage Server. IT is a fully featured 1.5GHz low power consumption PC motherboard inside a dual 3.5in SATA drive bay chassis. It supports FreeNAS (as well as other operating systems) out of the box.
The A2000 is powered by a custom Nano-ITX board with 1.5GHz C7-D Processor and VX800 Chipset supporting up to 2GB of DDR2 SODIMM memory. Two 3.5in SATA drive bays support 3TB of storage with 1.5TB drives installed. A bootable type 1 Compact Flash adapter is located underneath the board, perfect for locating a NAS OS. The whole unit measures just 135 x 120 x 260 mm (5.3 x 4.7 x 10.2in) and is supplied with an external AC power adapter.
You can read more here.
iXsystems, the corporate sponsor of the PC-BSD Project, have announced the FreeNAS Titan a FreeNAS-based Network-Attached Storage server.
The features of the FreeNAS Titan Storage Appliance Solution are as follows:
FreeNAS Management Software
2U 12-Bay SATA Hot-Swap Chassis
Intel Quad-Core CPU
Dual Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces (supports up to 10)
2GB DDR2-667 Memory (expandable to 8 GB)
High Performance Raid Controller with Battery Back-Up Unit
Supports up to 12TB Capacity
Single or Redundant 800 Watt High-Efficiency Power Supplies
Compact Flash based FreeNAS Image
You can find more details here.
Mercian Labels, a label printing company in the UK bought a Buffalo Terastation Live 1TB at the end of September and after the initial configuration everything seemed to work well.
In their blog they reported that “It configures easily using the web interface, and just works… I'd recommend it on the basis of what we have seen so far as a good value NAS for SMEs.”
However after only 2 weeks one of the hard drives failed and they had to get a replacement… Now they have abandoned the Terastation all together.
Again from their blog, “I found the Terastation to be slow, with unreliable hardware, reasonably difficult to configure network shares and ftp access on, and the lack of ssh control ability meant we couldn't do much with it if it went wrong. For this reason, I can not recommend it for business use.”
The blog concludes with “The FREENAS box however seems to have gone in a lot better.”
Mercian Labels decided in 2007 to migrate all of their software to open source solutions. They have already succesfully migrated their email (using Zimbra), Web server (migrated to Ubuntu dedicated server) and CRM. They are aiming to use Ubuntu on the desktop.
You can read more in their blog entries:
Open source migration update
Replacing our TERASTATION NAS with a FREENAS box