Linux and BTRFS powered NAS Server



Many organizations often need a robust NAS server without bells and whistles, and Rockstor can be just that. Centralized storage accessed over the network(NAS) is a perennial usecase. While Linux has become the best platform for many things with great filesystems, it lacked one like NetApp's WAFL or Sun's ZFS until recently. BTRFS is filling that void with it's amazing featureset, but it's not easily accessible to users that want something that just works as NAS without having to be a seasoned Linux Pro. BTRFS's potential as a NAS filesystem can be fully realized with a storage focused Linux distribution like Rockstor. Users can enjoy the benefits of BTRFS while managing everything easily from Rockstor's web-ui.


NAS that just works



Problem:

It's not easy to build a BTRFS based NAS as it requires a lot of know how, scripting and advanced administration.

Solution:

Rockstor is the first Linux, BTRFS based NAS distribution to help users build and maintain a NAS server with least effort. It's based on CentOS 7, but comes with a later kernel from Elrepo and can be installed on commodity hardware. Once installed, all maintenance can be done using Rockstor's web-ui which doesn't expect the user to be a Linux Pro.


Get the best from BTRFS



Problem:

BTRFS is a truly amazing Linux filesystem with builtin volume management, CoW snaphots and many more advanced features. However, it requires a fulltime storage administrator to maintain a BTRFS based NAS from scratch.

Solution:

With Rockstor, you can resize volumes, schedule snapshots and scrubs, replicate Shares and more all from it's web-ui. It support popular NAS protocols like NFS, Samba, AFP and SFTP by default.


Join Rockstor Community



Problem:

NAS market is still predominantly proprietary. While there are semi open solutions, A powerful and open source solution based on Linux is an essential solution that has been missing.

Solution:

Rockstor is Free and Open source software with a smart and active community. It has evolved rapidly thanks in a big part to members of the community that want to make it a viable solution.