Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have become popular solutions for small businesses that would like easily accessible, centralised storage at a relatively low cost.
What is a NAS?
A NAS is a networked device which contains one or more storage drive. The drives will either be hard drives (HDD) or solid state drives (SSD), which are often configured to allow a level of redundancy if a drive fails. The NAS will normally be connected to a computer network to provide users with data storage. They are not designed to be run as a server.
Vantage IT regularly supplies NAS devices, such as the Synology DiskStation, which also provides embedded backup software applications and remote access capabilities.
What are the Features of a NAS?
We have compiled a list of some of the main features you can expect from your new NAS device below.
- There are no expensive licenses to purchase
- RAID technology can protect against data loss due to hard drive failures (if one drive fails another will continue to work seamlessly while the faulty drive is replaced)
- Your data can be backed up regularly and stored in a secure location
- Some NAS devices will allow remote access
- If a server is not required on a small network, a NAS devices is far less expensive to buy and maintain
- Various options are available in terms of performance and storage requirements
- Depending on model, you can introduce additional drives at a later date
- NAS devices are very compact and quiet. You can even buy rack mountable versions
Vantage IT can supply and configure a NAS suitable for your application. If you would like further details, please contact Vantage IT today for a quotation.