Network Attached Storage - Advantages

NAS offers the following advantages in comparison to the File Server approach: faster data access; easy configuration; much simpler administration; and lower cost. This will make NAS more attractive to small businesses. For larger organizations, a NAS method is often used to decrease the load on existing file servers by assuming all of the data access and redundancy responsibilities. QNAP

A NAS computer (a number of) is connected to the network and is dedicated to provide only file-based data storage services with other attached client computers (or workstations) and servers. NAS computers are not shipped to be servers; they do not have keyboards or monitors, but are controlled or managed generally through a browser. And NAS computers generally have more than one hard disk, usually arranged in a RAID configuration, which relieves this chore from file servers connected to the network.

What are the features of NAS? The following is a partial list:

 A cheaper centralized storage device
 Redundant storage arrays (RAID) that offer near real-time backup
 Fast usage of all types of data, including multimedia
 Lower maintenance costs in comparison to file servers
 Low cost network based storage for the home consumer market (cost equal to USB external hard disks)
 Ease of use and simple configuration

An indirect advantage of a NAS computer is it improves the security of file servers connected to the network. This occurs due to all data being stored around the NAS computer(s) rather than the file servers, lowering the possibility of lost or breached data.QNAP

Due to the advantages cited above, a NAS system could save a small company thousands of dollars annually in reduced down-time, improved data access efficiency, lower IT support costs, and lower hardware costs.


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