Does anyone know of any alternatives to Openfiler? I have tried FreeNAS a while ago an was not really impressed, has it changed very much in that last year?
Is there anything else I can look at?
I use http://www.nexentastor.org at home, and it works nicely.
No experience in openfiler or freenas though, so can't say if its better or worse. Works nicely for me at home on a AMD N36L based box with a LSI 1068e based SAS controller.
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If you want to run a WebUI on top of a Solaris-based distribution, there's the napp-it project.
ZFSguru is available if you'd like to use ZFS on FreeBSD. While the ZFS implementation in FreeBSD isn't as up to date as the one in Solaris (most notably, it's missing support for deduplication), it's part of the core stable OS. FreeBSD probably has better hardware support than Solaris as well.