TrueNAS SCALE Angelfish enables iX-Storj Service


September 27, 2022

TrueNAS SCALE 22.02.4 was released today and is expected to be the last of the Angelfish releases. The Globally Distributed Storage provided by iX-Storj is also included in this release. TrueNAS SCALE now includes industry-leading ZFS storage (with HA option), Scale-out file and object storage, Hyperconvergence, and Globally Distributed Storage. This flexibility is unique in the industry and is delivered with all the benefits of Open Source.

Software quality continues to increase with this 5th release of TrueNAS SCALE 22.02 Angelfish. The success of Angelfish has led to 5X growth so far in 2022 and a major increase in Linux users of TrueNAS. TrueNAS SCALE 22.02.3 was deemed to be of suitable quality for General use (see TrueNAS Software Status page) and will be surpassed by SCALE 22.02.4 with its many improvements.

Bluefin is the next major version of TrueNAS SCALE. TrueNAS SCALE Bluefin BETA is also now available to those interested in helping test and contribute to the development process. It includes all the Angelfish capabilities plus many new features. It is a simple upgrade but is only recommended for developers and testers at this stage. December is the target for RELEASE candidate status. All new features and bug fixes for Angelfish will go into Bluefin from here forward.

The Changes in TrueNAS SCALE 22.02.4

The details of TrueNAS SCALE 22.02.4 can be found in the release notes. There are over 130 new bug fixes and improvements that will provide another significant quality jump from the previous version. Notable inclusions consist of:

  • iX-Storj Globally Distributed Storage
  • M-Series HA with NVDIMM support
  • SMB Clustering improvements
  • Better error handling with service starts after slow pool import

We want to thank the community for the tremendous support in improving TrueNAS SCALE Angelfish quality! It’s been an exciting first version, and there’s so much more to come with TrueNAS SCALE Bluefin. For those with a test system, please try out Bluefin, report bugs, and make suggestions as we improve TrueNAS SCALE together.

The feature set for TrueNAS SCALE 22.02 is described in the TrueNAS SCALE datasheet, and the TrueNAS SCALE documentation provides a starting point to build and run your first systems. If you need to dig deeper or need advice, the TrueNAS Community forums provide a great source of information and community collaboration.

Who Should Use TrueNAS SCALE?

TrueNAS SCALE is particularly well suited for users with requirements for Linux Apps/containers and/or running Linux VMs, in addition to standard storage needs. At this U4 stage of its Software Development Lifecycle, TrueNAS SCALE is suitable for general deployments and tech labs. Users with scale-out storage requirements can test and deploy for their specific use-cases or interests.

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 hyperconverged infrastructure as a collective.

“Bluefin” is the next major release after SCALE 22.02. It will include some major enhancements such as support for enhanced Cluster Operations, optional FIPS 140-3 crypto library support, and security improvements including rootless administration.

Enterprise Production Use

For commercial users with scale-out needs, iXsystems supports the testing of specific TrueNAS SCALE deployments and applications before they enter the production phase. Please contact your iXsystems Account Representative or email us at if you are interested in using TrueNAS SCALE for production.

Conservative users with standard storage-specific NAS requirements (NFS, SMB, iSCSI, S3) are still advised to use TrueNAS CORE and Enterprise, which have eight times more data under management and over ten years of operation and stability. TrueNAS SCALE has inherited some of that maturity and automated testing, but is not yet as mature. Currently, TrueNAS 13.0-U2 (CORE & Enterprise) is the most robust scale-up storage platform for general use. We expect it to be recommended for mission critical use on TrueNAS Enterprise appliances in the coming weeks, in place of TrueNAS 12.0-U8.1.

If you have any additional questions or need advice on a new project, please contact us. We are standing by to help.

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