FreeNAS Mini XL Now Available

New and Improved Device Offers Greater Storage Capacity, Performance Than Its Predecessor

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – March 01, 2016) – iXsystems, the server, storage, and opensource technology company that develops FreeNAS, the FreeNASMiniXL_PRworld’s most popular storage OS, today introduced the FreeNAS Mini XL Storage Device. The FreeNAS Mini XL is based on the same proven hardware used by the smaller FreeNAS Mini, but offers greater storage capacity and performance. Available today, the FreeNAS Mini XL can be purchased at or from Amazon.

Storage solutions like the FreeNAS Mini XL have become increasingly important to users as technologies that allow for content capture and creation become mainstream and intensive. More than ever, customers value solutions that allow for large amounts of storage that are fast and secure.

The FreeNAS Mini XL will be offered in multiple configurations ranging from Diskless to 48TB. Users configuring a Mini XL build through have a variety of customizable options, including: read and write cache drives, different ECC DRAM capacities, and of course, storage configurations up to 48TB.

“The FreeNAS Mini XL satisfies a long-standing customer need for twice the storage in a footprint not much larger than our highly popular FreeNAS Mini product,” said Jordan Hubbard, CTO, iXsystems. “Our customers are capturing 4K video, curating massive media libraries, and want a storage option that is fast and reliable. The Mini XL based on FreeNAS gives them that solution.”

FreeNAS Mini XL Key Features:
  • Power efficient Eight-Core 2.4GHz Intel CPU, drawing only 17 Watts
  • Hardware-accelerated ZFS disk encryption
  • 32GB of ECC memory
  • Hot swap functionality with 8 tool-less, front loading drive bays
  • Capable of saturating dual Intel Gigabit LAN Ports, but can be upgraded to 10GbE if needed
  • Dedicated Remote Hardware Management Interface (IPMI) or option to share through on-board LAN
  • Latest FreeNAS version installed and configured on dedicated, internal flash device
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Ports (2 front, 1 rear), 1 x Serial Port (DB9), 1 x VGA
  • Physical security: locking front bezel, latchable drive trays, and chassis lock eyelet (for cable or padlock)
About FreeNAS

FreeNAS is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share computer data storage over a computer network. ‘Free’ as in ‘free and open source’ and ‘NAS’ as in “network-attached storage”, FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily-accessible home for your data. The FreeNAS project and software were founded in 2005 on the principle that network storage be made available to the world at no cost and unencumbered by license restrictions.

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  1. Robert

    No USB 3.0 ports… not a single one? Oh come on, its already 2016!
    Since USB 2.0 is quite slow, I guess any network file transfer to be faster than using any of these 3 old 2.0 ports.

    • adam

      Hi Robert,

      Stay tuned, more updates coming in the near future.


      • Reuben

        How near is near future? 🙂

        • adam

          At this time, we are in the process of planning that introduction. However, it won’t be for at least 3 to 4 quarters at the minimum.


          • Reuben

            Any hardware changes expected to the FreeNAS Mini XL line in 2017?

          • Byron

            Any updates on this?

            Guess we’ll be going DIY for our servers…

  2. Greck Cannon

    Very excited about seeing the Mini XL arrive on the scene… just picked up a Mini last fall, and this will be a great upgrade path one day.

    Any chance of having a trade-up program? 🙂

  3. David Reed

    A little bummed this isn’t using one of the new xeon-d motherboards, but a welcome change nonetheless.

    Any word on if/when ixsystems will build a xeon-d mini?

    • adam

      Hi David,

      As we continue to develop the Mini line of products, we will look at board changes as well as other interesting features for subsequent updates. Please stay tuned down the road for more changes.


  4. Reuben

    Any decisions as yet regarding USB3 (or other interfaces e.g. thunderbolt) and future motherboard changes for the Mini XL line as yet?

  5. Robert Johnson

    almost 4 quarters… any updates on next revision… i.e .usb3… other interfaces ? ……… holding me back from getting the mini xl


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