Archive for September, 2010

FreeNAS vs OpenSolaris ZFS Benchmarks

We have received a lot of feedback from members of the IT community since we published our benchmarks comparing OpenSolaris and Nexenta with an off the shelf Promise VTrak M610i. One question we received from several people was about FreeNAS. Several people asked “How does FreeNAS compare to OpenSolaris on the same hardware?” That was an excellent question, and we decided to run some tests to answer that question.

NOTE: This article was written in 2010 using FreeNAS 0.7.1.  We have a new article with much newer benchmarks from 2012 posted about FreeNAS 8.3 at We strongly encourage you to read both this article and the newer article before passing judgement on FreeNAS, because there were significant performance improvements made in FreeNAS in recent versions.

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Friday, September 10th, 2010 Benchmarks, ZFS 32 Comments