TrueNAS-Based Backup Appliance with NAKIVO

Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on TrueNAS (formerly known as FreeNAS) to create an all-inclusive backup appliance. Ensure reliable data protection for physical, virtual, cloud and SaaS environments.

✔ Easy installation and integration
✔ Fast backup and replication
✔ Instant and flexible recovery
✔ Cost-efficient data protection
✔ Backup solution from $2.50 per workload/month


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TrueNAS Backup Appliance at a Glance


Versatile Backup Appliance

One device with data backup, replication, recovery, storage and deduplication capabilities


Quick Deployment

Install the NAKIVO solution on TrueNAS and run your first backup job in a few minutes


Multiple Backup Targets

Send backups directly to TrueNAS disks or store them offsite, in public or private clouds and tape


Disaster Recovery Automation

Create and automate disaster recovery (DR) workflows to minimize RTO and ensure business continuity


Scalable Infrastructure

Easily scale your data protection infrastructure to safeguard additional workloads


Ransomware Mitigation

Make backups immutable on TrueNAS devices to protect data from ransomware infections

Learn How to Install
NAKIVO Backup & Replication on TrueNAS

Supported operating systems

Install the NAKIVO solution on NAS devices running TrueNAS CORE 12 and TrueNAS CORE 13.

Fast installation

Deploy NAKIVO Backup & Replication on TrueNAS and start protecting your data in minutes.

Multiplatform protection

Protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments using the same backup appliance.

Direct backup to cloud

Send backup copies automatically to a public cloud (like Wasabi, Backblaze B2, Amazon S3 and Azure Blob) and other S3-compatible storage platforms.

Comprehensive Data Protection
with NAKIVO and TrueNAS

Build a Powerful Backup Appliance

Deploy the NAKIVO solution on TrueNAS to create a high-performance backup appliance that you can use to protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments. Perform data backup, recovery, replication, compression and deduplication using the same device.

Perform Full and Granular Recovery

The NAKIVO solution allows you to boot full machines directly from backups stored on TrueNAS using the Flash VM Boot feature. You can also perform granular recovery to instantly restore individual files and app objects to original or custom locations.

Automate Data Protection Activities

Monitor backup and recovery workflows from the Overview dashboard to streamline data protection activities. Schedule tasks using the Calendar dashboard to prevent overlaps. With the Policy-Based Data Protection feature, you can automatically back up machines based on preset criteria. Additionally, you can run jobs one after the other using the job chaining feature.

Optimize Performance and Storage Consumption

Speed up the backup process by performing incremental backups to copy only the changed data blocks using native change tracking technologies. You can further reduce the size of your backups with compression and deduplication. With TrueNAS, you can avoid the limitations of SMB and NFS protocols. In addition, you can enable Network Acceleration and Advanced Bandwidth Throttling to optimize resource allocation.

Implement Effective Storage Tiering

Keep backups onsite for quick recovery or store them on TrueNAS disks separately from your production environment. You can also send backup copies directly from NAS disks to offsite storage, to cloud (Backblaze B2, Wasabi, Amazon S3 and Azure Blob) and other S3-compatible storage platforms or to tape.

Protect Backups from Ransomware

You can enable immutability for backups stored on TrueNAS to prevent any encryption or deletion by ransomware infection. The NAKIVO solution also provides role-based access control to help you stop unauthorized access to sensitive data.

Automate Data Protection Activities

Set Automated Disaster Recovery Sequences

When you install the NAKIVO solution on TrueNAS, you can use the Site Recovery feature to reduce downtime and minimize data loss in case of a disruption. Create, test and automate disaster recovery (DR) workflows such as failback, failover, VM shutdown and more.

NAKIVO Solution Pricing

Get a subscription license starting
from $2.50 per workload/month

Create a multifunctional backup appliance by purchasing a perpetual or subscription license of NAKIVO Backup & Replication and deploying the solution on TrueNAS. Installation on NAS is available in all editions of the solution.

Perpetual licenses are charged per CPU socket for VMs or per physical machine and they include 1 year of free Standard Support via email, phone or chat during business hours.

Subscription licenses are charged per workload: a single VM, 1 physical server or 3 workstations, an AWS EC2 instance or an Oracle database. 24/7 technical support is also included.

Check out Pricing and Editions for more information.


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  • Quick deployment on NAS, Windows or Linux, as a VMware/Nutanix VA or AWS AMI.
  • All-inclusive backup appliance combining hardware, software, storage and deduplication.
  • Multiplatform support for virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments.
  • Ransomware protection by enabling immutability for backups stored on TrueNAS.
  • Flexible and instant recovery for full VMs or individual files and application objects.
  • Various storage options by keeping backups onsite or sending backup copies directly from NAS disks to tape or to public/private clouds.
  • Disaster recovery using the Site Recovery feature to automate workflows for different disaster scenarios.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TrueNAS?

TrueNAS is an enterprise-grade storage that provides data availability and enhances performance for business applications. You can deploy the NAKIVO solution on TrueNAS to create an all-in-one backup appliance and protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV, Windows/Linux workstations and servers, Amazon EC2 and more.

How does the NAKIVO solution boost backup performance?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses native change tracking technologies (CBT and RCT) for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V to offload your production network and boost performance of backup workflows. Additionally, you can use LAN-Free Data Transfer modes, Network Acceleration, and Advanced Bandwidth Throttling to make backup workflows up to 2X faster.

How can I protect my backup data?

Using the NAKIVO solution, you can encrypt backup data in flight or at rest or implement role-based access control (RBAC) to prevent unauthorized access. You can also enable immutability in TrueNAS, in public clouds (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Backblaze B2 and Azure Blob) and in other S3-compatible platforms that support immutability to protect backups from ransomware infections.

What are the expected RPOs and RTOs?

The NAKIVO solution allows you to set backup workflows to run as often as every minute to meet the tightest recovery point objectives (RPOs) possible. You can also automate recovery workflows, use Flash VM Boot or restore individual files and application objects to meet the shortest recovery time objectives (RTOs).

How do I start using the NAKIVO solution?

Download the 15-day Free Trial of NAKIVO Backup & Replication and access all available features. Contact NAKIVO experts to schedule custom demos or request a free deployment session.

Success Stories
“In all my 17 years of IT experience, the installation of the NAS package was the easiest that I have ever encountered. Even though I consulted the instructions in the technical documentation, I was amazed at how quickly I was able to configure the product, apply the license, and start running backup jobs.”
Jason Bethune, IT Manager for the Town of Kentville
Success Stories
“Integration with FreeNAS helped us save costs, reduce storage space, and handle backups more efficiently. NAKIVO Backup & Replication helped us save $8,000 this year and we’re likely to save an additional $1,300 every year going forward.”
Jack Riddle, IT Manager at Providence High School
Success Stories
"We are really happy that TrueNAS and FreeNAS servers operate so well with NAKIVO Backup & Replication and how they complement each other with a great price/performance ratio. With the help of NAKIVO and iXsystems, we now have onsite backups, offsite backups, and VM replicas."
Doug C., Senior Network Engineer at a networking company