NAS StorageServer Solutions
NAS is the abbreviation of Network Attached Storage, a device that allows a disk or RAID array to appear as a network drive. NAS servers can range from small stand alone single drive dedicated servers for the SOHO market to multi-terabyte enterprise class storage servers. Major benefits of NAS include ease of use, simplified backup and restore tasks, cost effectiveness, and security with centrally located and managed data. IT departments are familiar with managing Ethernet networks so adding a network attached storage server generally doesn’t require additional personnel or expensive training. Furthermore, by utilizing industry standard gigabit Ethernet connectivity (especially if channel bonding is implemented) respectable performance can be achieved for an entire workgroup without additional cabling expense as required with traditional Storage Area Networks (SANs). For applications requiring maximum throughput and or minimum latency, ten gigabit Ethernet or Infiniband networks can be utilized to access the NAS device.