NexentaStor 3.1.5 Release Available Now

logo_nexentaMichael Letschin has announced the release of NexentaStor 3.1.5, a new version of the project’s specialist distribution optimised for virtualisation and network-attached storage – based on the Illumos kernel and ZFS file system:

“Nexenta is pleased to announce the availability of our latest software release, NexentaStor 3.1.5. This new software release is available now for download from the Nexenta Community . This new release is available to both our Enterprise Edition users as well as our NexentaStor Community.

In addition to general maintenance fixes, NexentaStor 3.1.5 includes key enhancements in the following areas:

  • AutoSync Performance and Reliability Enhancements
  • NDMP Updates

As previously communicated to the community, the licensed capacity for NexentaStor 3.1.5 remains 18TB usable.

NexentaStor 4.0 Community Edition continues to move forward, and we will provide updates on the progress of that release later this quarter. Please note that with the release of NexentaStor 4.0, the capacity limit for community is changing to 18TB Raw to align with our Enterprise Edition licensing schema.”

Release Notes | ISO

OpenMediaVault 0.5 (Sardaukar) released

openmediavault_logoOMV 0.5 (Sardaukar) has been released after a long time of development.

The following changes and new features have been implemented:

  • Complete refactoring of the backend. The main processing unit/engine has been relocated into a forking daemon process.
  • IPv6 support.
  • Upgrade WebGUI to Sencha ExtJS 4.2.x.
  • Add new panel in the ‘System – Network’ section to configure Zeroconf/Service Discovery.
  • Add option to enable AIO support for SMB/CIFS. AIO is enabled by default.
  • Do not execute a filesystem check during boot on USB devices.
  • Mantis 0000472: Add ability to configure notifications.
  • Mantis 0000634: Provide a way to see changelogs of available package upgrades before installing.
  • Mantis 0000661: Rsync server on OpenMediaVault does not send user/group info.
  • Add ability to enable/disable scheduled S.M.A.R.T. tests.
  • Add ability to initiate a S.M.A.R.T. test via WebGUI.
  • Display a information dialog after the RAID has been created.
  • Set swappiness to 30 by default.
  • Improve collectd IO issue.
  • Many other improvements …

The ISO images can be downloaded here.

Openfiler to move to CentOS base

openfiler_logoOpenFiler, a Linux network-attached-storage (NAS) distribution, is currently based on rPath (which is based on Fedora), but the project developers have announced that they have started porting OpenFiler to run on CentOS, a distribution derived from Redhat.

Following this base change, the default package manager will also be changed. Instead of the Conary manager OpenFilerr will use Yum, RedHat’s RPM package management tool, instead.

OpenFiler used to be the go-to distribution for free and open source NAS, but since April 2011 when OpenFiler 2.99 was released development seems to have stagnated and users began to question if development had ceased. FreeNAS development has gained a lot a traction over the last year and a good number of (potential) OpenFiler users have migrated to FreeNAS, NAS4Free and unRAID.

It is good to see that development has been picked up again, but it is not known when the new, revamped OpenFiler will be released (3.0?).

If you want to give the porting-in-progress ISO a whirl, you can download it from the OpenFiler SF page.


FreeNAS, Openfiler, Microsoft iSCSI performance shootout


agrikk has taken a look at the performance capabilities of three free iSCSI Target software platforms: FreeNASOpenfiler, and Microsoft iSCSI Target.

“The purpose of his test was to find the best performing iSCSI target with all other things being equal. Under this criteria alone, it would be a split decision between Openfiler and Microsoft.


However, the Microsoft solution requires the purchase of a licensed copy of Windows 2008 R2 server to run its filer software so it isn’t exactly free. In addition, Openfiler can be run from a USB key, leaving all disks available for storage, where Microsoft cannot easily be run from anything other than a hard drive, taking up storage space for the OS.

With this added criteria, Openfiler emerges as the iSCSI champ.”

Have a look at the results here (warning: loads of graphs and screenshot): FreeNAS / Openfiler / Microsoft iSCSI performance shootout.