NanoNAS is a Network Attached Storage server-based operating system designed to transform a basic computer into a dedicated HTTP, SMB/CIFS or AFP file server. Designed to fit on a single floppy disk, NanoNAS is perhaps the most compact 32-bit NAS OS available.
NanoNAS is intended for use in any low-security environment or application that requires the simultaneous availability of large amounts of inexpensive networked storage. A single NanoNAS server is capable of exporting terabytes of networked storage and is capable of handling 50 or more networked users easily and efficiently even when running on modest hardware.
By design, NanoNAS is a community workgroup server and does not support features such as user management, disk quotas or the ability to join domains. However, it is very easy to set-up, to administer and to use.
NanoNAS is optimized to perform at maximum efficiency with minimum of hardware requirements. Designed with simplicity in mind, NanoNAS is compact, stable and very reliable. NanoNAS boots directly into RAM where it runs in a modestly sized 4MB RAM-Disk. This approach ensures consistent and reliable OS operation. NanoNAS offers the following features and benefits:
· Easy to operate and to administer
· Inexpensive to run and maintain
· Boots directly into RAM
· Remote administration through TELNET
· Simple configuration menus
· Stable and reliable
· SMB/CIFS and HTTP or AFP and HTTP exported file systems
· BIOS independent fixed disk drive support
· Support for IDE (PATA) connected fixed disk drives
· Support for multiple IDE (PATA) interfaces
· HTML-based status report pages
· S.M.A.R.T. support
· Large partition and file support*
· Extremely compact in size (Runs in an 4MB RAM Disk)
· Low hardware requirements
· Wide range of PCI hardware support
· (ISA and EISA not supported)
Using readily available inexpensive components, it is not difficult to build a very capable NAS server using NanoNAS. As a network file server, NanoNAS may very well offer the highest possible storage capacity for the money. NanoNAS servers offering multiple Terabytes of storage space can be built for little more than the cost of the necessary fixed disk drives.
For example, with NanoNAS you can take a standard desktop computer, install eight 400GB fixed disk drives, and have a fast, reliable 3.2 Terabyte NAS file server for a very reasonable cost.
The NanoNAS CD-ROM contains all versions of the NanoNAS Operating System as well as the NanoNAS User Manual as a high-resolution hyperlinked PDF file.
The contents of the NanoNAS CD-ROM can be viewed directly in Windows. A browser and Acrobat Reader is all that is required. Provided autorun is enabled, the CD-ROM interface will automatically launch.
· Pentium or better processor
· PCI bus
· 32M or more of RAM
· 1 or more fixed disk drives
· Conventional 3.5 inch floppy disk drive
· PCI or on-board network interface adapter
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Update SMB daemon adding unrestricted support for large files (4G+).
· Update NanoNAS SMB daemon configuration logic
· Update Status Pages generation code with general tweaks and updates
· Update Administration Utility management code with general tweaks and updates
· Perform general code cleanup