NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage distribution and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI, UPnP, Bittorent (initiator and target), Bridge, CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol)
and HAST (Highly Available Storage).
All this can easy be setup by it's highly configurable WEB interface.
NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD media, Hard disk or booted of from a LiveCD with a usb stick.
Easy & Functional
I've been running FreeNAS then NAS4Free in VirtualBox for small projects for years with no problems. Recently I decided to buid a home server using REAL hardware and have been running NAS4Free on it for a few months and everything has been working exactly as I expect. I am using the embedded version with 4x4TB HDDs in RAID-Z1 running NFS, CIFS, FTP, SSH, UPS, DDNS, iSCSI, BitTorrent, WebServer, pyTivo, pretty much all the services with both Linux and Windows Clients and I haven't had any problems at all. RAM consumption is low (about 30% of 4GB), performance is better than expected (on a Celeron G1620), the web GUI is easy to use and the price cannot be beat. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for Network Attached Storage.
Fantastic software to change equipment without losing data. Extraordinary support via the forum. Keep it up.
I love N4F! The best NAS solution I ever had. Now in production environment for more than 3 years, RAID1 with 3 drives ZFS (double redundancy) running 24x7. eventually drives died - easy replacement / resilvering - no data loss at all. I use the NAS with 2 plugins: phpVirtualBox running a pfsense firewall instance and ownCloud running in a jail environment - all data on N4F zfs storage, using SAMBA / ftp / ssh. Great extensibility and a lot of services available right in the box, easy configuration and opportunities to dive deep into the system. Uses very low system ressources by the way. Thanks for the great work! This is an amasing project!
Awesome NAS OS that can run ZFS on multiple platforms. Not a memory/resource hog like FN8!