NAS4Free supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS v5000 , Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with the following protocols: CIFS/SMB (Samba v4.x), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target), HAST, CARP, Bridge, UPnP, and Bittorent which is all highly configurable by its WEB interface. NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD key, Hard disk or booted from a LiveCD with a small usbkey for config storage.
It’s nice to have an expensive store-bought box. In practice with many commercial solutions, you’re not sure if you’re buying a great solution, or just a shiny box, and maybe a slick interface, where what is underneath isn’t really what you were looking for. And with many things, once you’ve bought it, good luck getting upgrades. NAS4Free keeps going where many commercial box solutions stop. Your customized NAS4Free solution will likely be cheaper, more powerful, and more custom fit to your needs than many commercial NAS boxes. The NAS4Free project also sees regular development, always with the focus on stability and simplicity. This means NAS4Free receives regular updates, some of which include new features, bug fixes, and version upgrades of included components. These updates help keep your NAS up-to-date with the latest standards and the best working versions.