I’ve had my Synology Diskstation ds415+ network attached storage device since late 2015, replacing my custom FreeNAS box. It came with 2GB of RAM, which is fine for basic file serving, but limited when running multiple applications, including Docker containers. Once applications start swapping onto the hard disks, everything starts grinding to a halt. I finally reached the breaking point on this last night when I had to reboot the NAS once more.
Since I built my home server back in 2012, I’ve had a FreeNAS virtual machine running on it as the file server of my home network. For the past two years, I’ve been using it for the simplest of tasks (serving files). But over the past week, I’ve started looking deeper at some of the cool things FreeNAS and ZFS can do. The descriptions of each of these are going to be brief; they can probably be expanded to a full blog post, which I may do if I have time. However, until then, if your interest has been piqued, you will have Continue Reading