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Cloud Cost Guide Finale: Bonus Step - Installing TrueNAS

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Your Bonus Step in Reducing Cloud Costs

Welcome to a bonus installment of our blog series on reducing cloud costs through a DevOps-Enabled, Automated IT Infrastructure. Having covered ten crucial steps to building a streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient IT infrastructure, we now explore an optional but highly valuable addition - the installation of TrueNAS for extensive data storage solutions.

As businesses grow, so does the volume of data they generate and need to manage. Whether it's customer data, business analytics, or internal files, managing this data efficiently and securely becomes a pressing concern. That's where TrueNAS steps in.

TrueNAS, an open-source and highly popular storage platform, is designed to handle large amounts of data and offers a wide variety of storage capabilities. Its features extend beyond mere storage, offering excellent file sharing and collaboration options.

At the heart of TrueNAS is the ZFS filesystem. ZFS is well-regarded for its focus on data integrity. With advanced features like encryption, snapshotting, and remote syncing, ZFS provides seamless data management and protection. Whether it's preventing data corruption or ensuring efficient backups, the ZFS filesystem is a dependable foundation for your storage needs.

TrueNAS is also designed to scale with your business. It can accommodate setups ranging from a single server installation to a multi-server configuration. This scalability ensures that as your business and data needs grow, TrueNAS can grow with you, eliminating the need for frequent, disruptive changes to your storage infrastructure. Particularly useful is its S3 capability, a clustered filesystem protocol compatible with Amazon S3 cloud storage.

TrueNAS integrates with the FreeIPA server discussed in blog post 5, aiding in managing permissions and access controls for various user groups. By managing user access to data, you can ensure that only the right people have access to the right data, enhancing your data security.

TrueNAS boasts a large user community, offering a wealth of resources for troubleshooting and best practices. If you need additional reassurance, commercial support is available, providing you access to dedicated support resources.

Adding TrueNAS to your IT infrastructure isn't just about managing data. It's about creating a scalable, secure, and efficient data management solution that can support your business now and well into the future.

This bonus step concludes our series on reducing cloud costs. We hope this series has provided you with a clear and practical roadmap to building a streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient IT infrastructure. As always, the path to efficiency and cost-effectiveness is an ongoing journey. Keep moving forward!

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