Review: Software-based NAS options for the storage do-it-yourselfer

Software-based network attached storage (NAS) is perfect for the do-it-yourselfer who doesn’t want to buy a pre-packaged appliance. With software-based NAS, you load the software onto the device of your choice -- whether it's a PC, server or virtual machine. You can even run software-based NAS in the cloud.

For this review, we looked at FreeNAS, NexentaStor, Open-E DSS V7, Openfiler and SoftNAS Cloud and Windows Storage Server 2012 R2.

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