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Which FreeNAS?

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

Lessons from a year in the trenches with BSD’s killer app.

I will confess that the TCP/IP stack is truly BSD’s killer app, giving us the Internet as we know it but that’s pretty old news and it’s no longer the de facto standard. Other contenders for this status are OpenBSD’s OpenSSH and Packet Filter thanks to their reach and occasionally FreeBSD for setting Internet traffic records. Today however I will argue that the single most valuable piece of BSD software to the greatest number of users is FreeNAS, the open source Network Attached Storage distribution maintained by FreeBSD-oriented hardware vendor iXsystems.

What’s New in FreeNAS 8.x

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

This article highlights some of the new features which have been added to FreeNAS 8.x since July, 2012. These include the Plugins Jail, ZFSv28, and GELI encryption.

Since its initial release in May, 2011, the newly designed FreeNAS 8.x series has added many features that make this open source storage operating system an attractive option for everyone from home users up to large enterprise users.

The initial releases concentrated on improving the graphical administrative interface and the “core” NAS features. These core features include the ability to perform the following within a graphical interface from a web browser:

The Interview with Alfred Perlstein, VP of Software Engineering at iXsystems

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

 Alfred has been working on the FreeBSD kernel for the past 13 years. His areas of interest have been file systems, multi-processor support, performance, and stability of FreeBSD. He has alternated between CTO/VP roles at companies like OkCupid to kernel developer positions at Apple and Juniper Networks. His current role is FreeNAS project manager and VP Software Engineering at iXsystems. He continues to contribute to the FreeBSD project when time allows and encourage his team to as well. Recently, he agreed to give the interview to BSD Magazine.

 BSD Magazine: Hello Alfred, could you tell us how you got into FreeNAS?