In some fun storage news, in the middle of the Intel Vision 2022 onslaught of news, is that iXsystems has a new version of TrueNAS out. TrueNAS 13.0 release is now available for NAS systems.
iXsystems TrueNAS 13.0 Released
The new release is an upgrade to the TrueNAS 12 Farewell FreeNAS release in 2020 (and U8 in March.) The “release” status means it is suitable for more users while business and mission critical users are recommended to wait until July or September 2022 to upgrade to the new OS.
With TrueNAS 13.0 we get upgrades such as:
- An update to FreeBSD 13.0. Among the updates here are big updates to components and drivers. For example, we saw the FreeBSD 13.0 networking updates mean we could use the Intel i225-V more readily for firewalls.
- Version upgrades such as OpenZFS upgrade to 2.0 and Samba to 4.15 for more performance and stability with better security
- Updates to the iSCSI target as well as the NFS server for additional performance
- A number of bug fixes and security fixes
Overall, there is a lot more here.
For the time being, TrueNAS (FreeBSD) is still the go-to OS for many businesses and scale-up systems based on TrueNAS. Still, the company has shown that TrueNAS Scale is the company’s future and actively mentions the ability to transition even as the new TrueNAS FreeBSD version comes out. For now, many business users will prefer the stability of TrueNAS FreeBSD, but over the next few years we expect the Debian Linux based TrueNAS Scale to be the go-to option. We have already transitioned all STH instances to TrueNAS Scale at this point. We know many of our users are on the FreeBSD version, and that is great, but we always advise giving your production systems a few days before upgrading to a new release.