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We performed a comparison between FreeNAS and NetApp FAS Series based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two NAS solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"Its stability is the most valuable. It is reliable, and we don't have to worry too much about it.""What I like about it is that I can work on it from any computer or any device. The initial setup is very simple. The setup wizard is really helpful.""FreeNAS is much simpler and easier to use than other solutions, but we don't have the complete range of features that come with the full version."

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"NetApp FAS is highly stable and reliable, especially under a heavy load. That is what I like most about the NetApp.""The file sharing feature is most valuable.""The solution has tiers inside which means we do not only need to use SSDs.""Reliable storage solution with an easy setup. It has high availability and makes single file restoration easy. It also has good stability and scalability.""The replication feature is noteworthy because it's faster than most and it uses little bandwidth. Then there's the friendly interface that the equipment offers. With this interface, it is very easy to manage.""The solution is easy to use.""I like it. When it is up and running, it does the job.""I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system."

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"They can improve the integration with PSA systems. This functionality could be better.""FreeNAS should be better prepared for clustering.""The one thing that I find difficult to do which is very time-consuming is that I like to have a backup of the important files."

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"We're supposed to have used NetApp FAS Series for replication, but then one of the nodes failed, and then it's taken us some time to bring it up.""I think this kind of infrastructure is mostly obsolete. To keep up with developments in this space, you need to move all these features to an All-Flash solution.""The solution can improve on the replication features.""Its licensing cost can be improved.""The user interface could be improved.""NetApp FAS Series could improve by being more secure.""We are not able to connect to the support of NetApp from Sudan. We have to go through many agents for support, which makes it difficult.""No other area for improvement comes to mind other than its price. Making the price more attractive will help this solution have a bigger market share."

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  • "Its price is okay. It suits our needs."
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  • "It is expensive."
  • "I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better."
  • "It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between."
  • "We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."
  • "The NetApp FAS series price is very competitive compared to other solutions on the market it is a good choice."
  • "NetApp FAS Series could be less expensive."
  • "We are on a perpetual license."
  • "It definitely depends on the contract. It depends on where you buy it from, which features are you going to use, and what is your personal benefit of the features that you plan to use for the system."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:What I like about it is that I can work on it from any computer or any device. The initial setup is very simple. The setup wizard is really helpful.
    Top Answer:The solution is free and open-source. That said, if you have hardware failures, then there's the cost of replacing it. That's the only cost. In my case, when I was finding the discs were failing too… more »
    Top Answer:The one thing that I find difficult to do which is very time-consuming is that I like to have a backup of the important files. However, they're so big. I haven't really found documentation that… more »
    Top Answer:Have you considered a NetApp FAS Storage for your NAS needs? I am sure it fits very well.
    Top Answer:Reliable storage solution with an easy setup. It has high availability and makes single file restoration easy. It also has good stability and scalability.
    Top Answer:We have considered upgrading to an All-Flash solution but when we evaluated the cost-benefit we discovered that we don't have enough money to invest in it. To maintain the same technology with… more »
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    FreeNAS is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share data over a network. FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use FreeNAS with ZFS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. FreeNAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.
    NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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    Sample Customers
    Morroni Technologies Inc., Creative Integrations
    Children's Hospital Central California, Plex Systems, PDF PNI Digital Media, Denver Broncos, PDF KSM Legal, Clayton Companies, Virginia Community College
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Educational Organization6%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business71%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    FreeNAS vs. NetApp FAS Series
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about FreeNAS vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    FreeNAS is ranked 8th in NAS with 3 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 5th in NAS with 16 reviews. FreeNAS is rated 7.6, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of FreeNAS writes "Easy to implement and has a good setup wizard but needs better documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Reliable, scalable, and stable storage solution which offers multiple features". FreeNAS is most compared with StarWind Storage Appliance, Dell PowerScale (Isilon), HPE StoreEasy, Qumulo and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), IBM FlashSystem, HPE StorageWorks MSA, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and HPE StoreEasy. See our FreeNAS vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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