Even as the capacity of physical disks soars, storage vendors continue to charge a small fortune for network filers. An open source alternative on the lower end is FreeNAS, which has support for CIFS, NFS, rsync, SSH, iSCSI. and FTP, as well as software RAID. It can handle several authentication methods (including local, Active Directory, NIS, and RADIUS), and sports a Web GUI, all while taking less than 32MB after installation. This means you can use it on USB keys and portable hard drives.
InfoWorld’s annual Bossies awards recognize top free and open source software, and the second annual list of winners is out now. Unlike SourceForge’s Community Choice Awards, where winners are determined by votes from the community, the Bossies are awarded by InfoWorld’s editorial and test center staff.
Congratulations to the FreeNAS team. Well done