When I was going to retire soon, I sold my lab. But when I realized I had ALS and could not do all the things in my retirement I was looking forward to, I bought another - smaller lab. For storage I was going to buy an R710 on Ebay, add drives and do Nexenta again. This worked well for me in the past. But, I thought maybe I should do something nicer. More Enterprise. I checked iX systems as I know people that like them. I found an array I could afford - TrueNAS Mini X which could handle five data storage drives and was very quiet. It shipped with 5.2 TB storage usable. I paid roughly 1995 US / 2881.68 CAD.
So I bought an enterprise system. How has it turned out? Wonderful actually, as it does NFS, iSCSI and SMB - although I am only doing NFS. Performance is excellent, and the UI is pretty good too. And it can do odd things like be a Plex Media server or an Anti-Virus server (using Clam) so it is pretty cool.
I have used it enough to say it is more than good enough for me to recommend - for home labs or even businesses. Although business should buy bigger versions that hold more disk but it would be the same OS running the appliance.
I will write up how it goes after I have used it for longer. I just want to share how much I already like this storage appliance - I also like the people I have dealt with at iX too.
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