Helios4 Personal Cloud – the World’s 1st Open Source NAS

If you are searching for an open source NAS hardware you can use to run OMV, then this might be interesting for you.

The Helios4 team is launching a Kickstarter campaign for the 1st Open Source and
Open Hardware NAS (Network Attached Storage). Along the lines of Raspberry PI
success, Helios4 is driving the way in open source collaborative approach by
unveiling a single board computer built around the Marvell Armada 388 ARM


6 thoughts on “Helios4 Personal Cloud – the World’s 1st Open Source NAS

  1. Hi guys, we have introduce a new Full KIT 2GB with ECC RAM.

    We have received quite a lot of requests for an ECC RAM option. While it is a premium feature that you won’t see in any entry level NAS on the market, we realized it could be another significant advantage over the competition that Helios4 could offer.

    You can know directly pre-order on our website : http://kobol.io/helios4

    Not sure I really understand your point about “Usually early bird investors get a better price” ???

    Plus it seems you are mixing up currency. Our Kickstarter rewards are in Singapore Dollar. You mention $250, so I guess you are talking about Early Bird Full Kit 2GB @ SGD 245 which is equal to USD 175….not USD 250 ?!

    Helios4 positions itself as the most economical, compact and power efficient 4bay NAS on the market. Of course you could put together a NAS in thousand different way with thousand of different parts, but pretty certain it will hard to beat us on those 3 key points : price, power saving and compactness.

    “An ancient architecture CPU that has almost no upstream support” That sounds like a cheap troll plus do a minimum of research on the different Marvell git project and Kernel commit before giving a wrong statement.

  2. In my opinion, way overpriced compared to the capabilities of the hardware.

    Also, usually “early bird” investors get a better price on a product, and not pay more to receive less (who’d pay 195$ to be the first to get a 135$ worth thing?).

    For 250$ you’re getting:

    – An ancient architecture CPU that has almost no upstream support
    – 2GB of DRAM
    – 4 SATA ports
    – Questionable delivery of “app ecosystem”

    In contrast, for ~250$ you can get:

    – Intel G4400 (55USD)
    – MSI B150I Gaming PRO (100USD) or Gigabyte GA-B150N-GSM (90USD) or MSI B250I PRO (79USD)
    – Crucial DDR4 4GB RAM (30USD)
    – Grab a cheap PSU and case for 70USD, or go cheaper and grab a G4560 for 80USD

    And you have a superior NAS, at a slightly larger footprint. From 300$, you have a high-quality custom built NAS ready to have some hard disks jammed into it, without all that RGB LED nonsense.

    Not to mention that most people don’t think of a NAS as a “I can store my files at home on a PC that’s not a PC but available everywhere” solution. They think of it as a small server at home, doing their bidding, let it be actually hosting their files, giving access to home surveillance, acting as a smart home hub, transcoding their media for playback, downloading the next episode of their favourite TV show, and so on. This Helios4 device, while well appreciated for the open source thinking and trying to provide a solution for a problem, but the thing is, the problem they’re trying to solve was relevant maybe 4-5 years ago, today it is much more complex. And definitely badly priced.


    Molex can provide 11A on 5V and 11A on 12V. SATA power connectors provide 3x 1.5A on 3.3V (almost no device uses 3.3V any more), 3x 1.5A on 5V and 3x 1.5A on 12V.

    This means that a single Molex connection can provide up to 187W power, while a SATA power cable can do 91.35W (and of that, almost 15W is not used due to it being 3.3V).

    With two Molex a single board is supplied with nearly 400W, while for the same, you’d need 5 SATA power ports. Basically, a single Molex port can provide power for 3 HDDs split into SATA power plugs. So with two Molex you can easily cover 4 HDDs without overloading a single port.


    Not necessarily. If the OS uses some layered FS solution, practically making the SD card read-only and storing changes in memory or on the hard drives, it has practically no wear.

  3. The running from SD csard/pendrive solved already then? As far as I remember the running from flash media (exept SSD) is not suggested due to the wear.

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