TrueNAS SCALE 22.02 is getting to its second and final Release Candidate phase just in time for the Christmas holidays. If, like Santa, you have some free time after Christmas day, then now is the time to try out TrueNAS SCALE 22.02-RC2. It’s full of bells and whistles that you can enjoy over the coming year.

The TrueNAS SCALE datasheet has been updated with its planned Angelfish feature set. As TrueNAS SCALE “Angelfish” matures and its release date is set for February 2022, it transitions to its more formal and official name, SCALE 22.02. The RC1 version (22.02-RC1) had well over 6,000 daily users and received excellent feedback and bug reports. Many thanks go out to the TrueNAS community for helping SCALE in this next step on its sleigh ride to full release quality. 

TrueNAS SCALE 22.02-RC2 includes a few new Christmas surprises:

  • Better Gluster cluster integration with TrueCommand 2.1
  • Final set of UX Changes to help make SCALE the best TrueNAS experience ever
  • Updated Hardware support with Linux Kernel 5.10.81
  • Better App integration and support for third-party repos, including TrueCharts

More importantly, this RC2 version includes over 200 bug fixes from RC1 and is now approaching the release quality everyone wants from their Christmas presents. Over the next two months, there will be more bug fixes as well as more extensive performance and integration testing. Linux-based TrueNAS SCALE has some different characteristics to the FreeBSD-based TrueNAS CORE.

The naming and timing of the Angelfish releases are shown in the following table.

 

TrueNAS SCALE Angelfish Releases
Release Number Planned Date Notes
SCALE 21.08-BETA.2 10/8/21 Last BETA version
SCALE 22.2-RC1 10/26/21 First Release Candidate
SCALE 22.2-RC2 12/21/21 Final release Candidate
SCALE 22.2.0 February 2022 Planned General Availability
SCALE 22.2.1 April 2022 First Update

 

We want to thank the community for the tremendous support in bringing TrueNAS SCALE to life. The assistance in finding and resolving bugs has been invaluable. It has also been awesome to collaborate with many developers who have contributed major enhancements. Please keep reporting bugs and making suggestions as we finish this initial GA release together as a community!

“Bluefin” has started its Journey

Bluefin is the next major release after Angelfish. It will include some major enhancements including scale-out ZFS snapshots and replication, clustered Kubernetes, and clustered hypervisors.

Bluefin nightly images will start publishing in early 2022, and we will finalize the list of major features around the same time. Bluefin will remain as nightlies until it reaches BETA. At that point, we will give it an official version name and a target GA date in 2022. You’ll see information in jira.ixsytems.com and can expect us to blog about it more in early 2022. 

Who Should Use TrueNAS SCALE?

At this RC2 stage of its Software Development Lifecycle, TrueNAS SCALE is primarily for developers, testers, tech-savvy enthusiasts, and early adopters. For Linux developers, there are many opportunities to contribute to the Open Source TrueNAS SCALE project, and we have a vibrant Discord Community for contributors. It is a well-coordinated and managed environment to collaborate in developing the best open hyper-converged infrastructure as a collective. For more information, see this community post.

For larger commercial users with scale-out needs, iXsystems has a formal BETA program to support specific deployments and applications before they complete testing and enter the production phase. TrueNAS SCALE can be supported on TrueNAS M-Series, R-Series, and Mini platforms. Please contact your iXsystems Account Representative, or email us at info@iXsystems.com if you are interested in joining the BETA program. 

Production users with standard NAS (NFS, SMB, iSCSI, S3) requirements are still advised to use TrueNAS CORE and Enterprise, which have a hundred times more data under management and over ten years of operation and stability. TrueNAS SCALE has inherited some of that maturity and the automated testing but has not completed its software quality lifecycle.

If you have any additional questions or need advice on a new project, please email us at info@iXsystems.com. We are standing by to help.

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