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DIY Open Source NAS: How to Install FreeNAS
Open source NAS isn’t appropriate for every use case, but it can be ideal for lab deployments, smaller workgroups or active archive data. Given the cost of enterprise storage, such organizations often reserve their expensive, high-end storage arrays for use with workloads that demand high performance. File data, and data that is associated with less demanding workloads, is often stored in the cloud, or stored on premises within less-expensive storage appliances. Even that model can be somewhat costly, however. One way of bringing down the cost of storage is to use open source NAS where it is practical to do so. Open source NAS obviously isn’t appropriate for every use case, but it can be ideal for lab deployments, smaller workgroups within the organization or for active archive data.
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