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iXsystems releases TrueNAS 13.0

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BSD vendor iXsystems has released the latest version of its FreeBSD-derived Network Attached Storage (NAS) OS, TrueNAS 13.0.

The company now offers three separate OS products. Two are based on FreeBSD 13: TrueNAS CORE, which replaces FreeNAS, and the commercial TrueNAS Enterprise, available on the company's storage hardware. Complementing them is a new Linux-based product, TrueNAS SCALE.

It may not be a household name, but iXsystems, Inc is an established player which has been around in various forms for over 30 years.

The company was originally founded as Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDi) to sell a commercial version of BSD Unix for 386 PCs. Over the decades, it's employed many notable Unix luminaries, and after various acquisitions, spin-offs and re-acquisitions, it now sells a range of storage-focused servers and develops the TrueNAS family of operating systems.

FreeNAS also has a complicated history, involving several forks and changes of name, but is now all grown up, complete with a smart new suit.

What used to be a separate product is now just the free tier of TrueNAS' offerings, rebranded as TrueNAS Core; iXsystems sells the enterprise version pre-installed on its hardware.

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...TrueNAS Open Storage Software Editions

TrueNAS 13.0 Released, a Linux OS for creating network storage

  • TrueNAS 13.0 Released, a Linux OS for creating network storage

    TrueNAS 13.0 Release, a Linux OS for creating network storage, After a year and a half of development, iXsystems introduced the release of TrueNAS CORE 13 , a distribution kit for the rapid deployment of network storage (NAS, Network-Attached Storage). TrueNAS CORE 13 is based on the FreeBSD 13 code base, featuring integrated ZFS support and web-based management built using the Django Python framework. FTP, NFS, Samba, AFP, rsync and iSCSI are supported to organize storage access, software RAID (0,1,5) can be used to increase storage reliability, LDAP/Active Directory support is implemented for client authorization. The size of the iso image is 900MB (x86_64). In parallel TrueNAS SCALE distribution is being developed, using Linux instead of FreeBSD.

TrueNAS PR

  • iXsystems Builds on Global Leadership in Open Storage With New TrueNAS Releases

    iXsystems®, an Open Source pioneer and the company behind TrueNAS, today announced the availability of two major updates to TrueNAS Open Storage software editions. The launch of TrueNAS 13.0 brings significant performance improvements to the world’s most deployed scale-up storage software. The availability of the latest version of TrueNAS SCALE (22.02.1) marks the first major update to the newly released scale-out and hyperconverged edition. Both versions of TrueNAS are designed and tested for their respective data-intensive workloads and made available so all organizations can benefit from true Data Freedom and open source economics.

IXsystems aims for the enterprise with latest OS updates

  • IXsystems aims for the enterprise with latest OS updates

    IXsystems made major updates to the software for both its NAS and scale-out, hyper-converged operating system, aiming to position itself with other mainstream enterprise storage vendors.

    The vendor upgraded TrueNAS Core and Enterprise editions to version 13.0 with a performance improvement claim of up to 20% and a reduction in system restart and failover times. TrueNAS Scale, the hyper-converged infrastructure version of the software released in October 2021, received its first update, which allows for more complex deployments. The updates for TrueNAS Core, Enterprise and Scale are available at no cost.

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    The last major update, 12.0, saw the merging of FreeNAS and TrueNAS into a single storage OS and a name change to Core, the community or free version, and Enterprise, the highly available, paid version.

    Version 13.0 brings the operating system, FreeBSD, from 12.0 to 13.0 and enhances performance up to 20%, which includes an improvement to scheduling threads, according to Morgan Littlewood, senior vice president of product management and business development at IXsystems.

    By updating OpenZFS, an open source file system, to 2.1, the vendor reduced startup and failover times for high-availability systems by more than 80%, Littlewood said.

Surveying oneself

  • iXsystems Receives Excellent Ratings and Great NPS scores from Large User and Customer Experience Surveys

    As the company behind TrueNAS, iX relies on collaboration and feedback from the TrueNAS Open Source community of >250K users. This input builds the backlog from which issues are resolved and software feature requests are prioritized. One of the company’s core values is “pursue kaizen” or continuous improvement, which the company strives to apply to both TrueNAS products and the people at iX that create and support them.

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