I currently have a dedicated mini-ITX box running FreeNAS 9.3 on bare-metal. I also have a separate server running ESXi that I'm hopefully going to transition to Proxmox in the near future. As part of this transition, I'm planning on virtualizing my NAS on the Proxmox server and freeing up my ITX box for other uses.
I'm not tied to any one NAS solution as I'll be buying new drives and coping the data over from my current NAS. I've narrowed down my decision to sticking with FreeNAS or switching to XigmaNAS. Some reasons I'm leaning toward XigmaNAS:
- Less emphasis on a do-it-all box. Since I have a VM server I'm no longer interested in running all kinds of jails and plugins on my NAS. I just want my NAS to be a NAS.
- Less bloated/resource intensive. The more resources I have for other VMs the better.
- Updates seem to be smoother? The reason I'm still on 9.3 with FreeNAS is that I have had enough trouble updating within 9.3 that the thought of jumping to another version gives me PTSD. I've seen stories of people jumping from old NAS4Free versions up to the latest XigmaNAS without problems. That's very encouraging.
- Community seems more willing to help. Most probably know the reputation the FreeNAS community has.