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We performed a comparison between FreeNAS and StarWind Storage Appliance 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.

To learn more, read our detailed FreeNAS vs. StarWind Storage Appliance report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"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.""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."

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"They call us when monitoring shows a possible issue and are very flexible in working with our schedule to troubleshoot when it is convenient for us.""Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night.""The integration is excellent."

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Cons
"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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"StarWind no longer sells HDDs for primary storage.""The dashboard features are not in the free version.""They offered onsite installation, but we chose to do it ourselves. That took longer and was more work for us but saved us a ton of money in the end."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its price is okay. It suits our needs."
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  • "StarWind by far provides the best bang for the buck."
  • "On the homepage, you can not see the pricing."
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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:Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night.
    Top Answer:StarWind is really transparent on price. Software cost is on the website, and they will work with you on what hardware you want to run on. 
    Top Answer:StarWind no longer sells HDDs for primary storage.
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    Overview
    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.

    For SMB and Enterprises who are looking for high performance primary storage for server virtualization, VDI, database and Big Data scenarios, or inexpensive secondary backup tier, our solution is StarWind Storage Appliance. It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, and associated software into an easily scalable storage platform.

    Additionally, the appliance features an optional gateway to Azure public cloud, which helps to implement an effective Disaster Recovery plan or meet regulatory requirements. StarWind SA scales up by adding individual disks and flash modules, or JBODs, while adding ready controller nodes allows scaling out. 

    StarWind SA targets those, who need high-performance primary storage or secondary storage for backup. In case there is a whole virtualization infrastructure to build from scratch, StarWind HCA will come in handy. Otherwise, if all the required hardware is present, StarWind Virtual SAN will be enough to build a high-performance virtualization setup. 

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    Sample Customers
    Morroni Technologies Inc., Creative Integrations
    Bosch, EC2 IT, Solid Earth Inc., Canon
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Wholesaler/Distributor9%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business71%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise53%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Buyer's Guide
    FreeNAS vs. StarWind Storage Appliance
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about FreeNAS vs. StarWind Storage Appliance and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    FreeNAS is ranked 8th in NAS with 3 reviews while StarWind Storage Appliance is ranked 7th in NAS with 3 reviews. FreeNAS is rated 7.6, while StarWind Storage Appliance is rated 9.4. 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 StarWind Storage Appliance writes "Great performance with excellent technical support and good scalability". FreeNAS is most compared with NetApp FAS Series, Dell PowerScale (Isilon), HPE StoreEasy, Qumulo and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas StarWind Storage Appliance is most compared with StoneFly VSO NAS, StorMagic SvSAN, VMware vSAN, StarWind Virtual Tape Library and IBM FlashSystem. See our FreeNAS vs. StarWind Storage Appliance report.

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