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iXsystems launches the TrueNAS Mini X storage system

The TrueNAS Open Storage portfolio has expanded with the addition of the TrueNAS Mini X storage appliance.

Designed for remote, branch, and other office environments, the new appliance utilizes TrueNAS CORE 12.0, the latest generation Open Storage software featuring OpenZFS, business-class security and management with “compelling features and performance,” according to the folks at iXsystems, makers of the product.

All TrueNAS Minis are built with capabilities including error correcting (ECC) memory, IPMI remote management, and the OpenZFS file system. The two new storage systems (Mini X+ and Mini X) provide up to 85TB of storage in a compact (13.5L) chassis with seven hot swap drive bays (5 x 3.5” and 2 x 2.5”), which allow for a variety of RAID layout choices and caching configurations.

The Mini X and X+ are designed to address a range of office/edge requirements for block, file, video, and unstructured data storage. Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Solid-State Drives (SSDs) can be mixed into fusion pools, which provide the performance of flash and the economics of disk drives. 

The TrueNAS Mini X+ includes 2 x RJ45 10GbE ports, 8 cores, between 32-64GB of DDR4 ECC memory, USB 3.1 connectivity, and 1 x RJ45 IPMI remote management interface. With high bandwidth networking and optional flash capacity, this system is purportedly capable of supporting video editing, data backup, and file sharing applications with up to 2GB/s of bandwidth at less than 100W per unit, fully-loaded with drives.

The TrueNAS Mini X includes 4 x RJ45 GbE ports, 4 cores, between 16-32GB of DDR4 ECC memory, USB 3.1 connectivity, and 1 x RJ45 IPMI remote management interface. The system uses less than 80W of power.

For offices or remote storage at the edge, the TrueNAS Mini family supports a range of operating environments. The ready-to-deploy TrueNAS Mini includes enclosure management that provides visual management of all drives from the UI, and applications such as Plex, NextCloud, Asigra, Iconik, and many others are deployable as either plugins or VMs. 

Additionally, organizations managing multiple systems spread across multiple sites can utilize TrueCommand single-pane-of-glass management to simplify 24×7 operations. TrueCommand management offers performance monitoring, custom reports, predictive analytics for capacity/health, and system audits for businesses of any size.

The TrueNAS Mini family starts at US$699 and can be purchased in fixed configurations at Amazon, custom configured at, or via any TrueNAS partner. iXsystems chose the Western Digital Red Plus drives, ranging from 1TB to 14TB, to be used in the TrueNAS Minis. A 70TB TrueNAS Mini X+ retails for under $3500 and SSDs can be added for extra performance. All-flash configurations up to 50TB are also available.

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