Five Advantages NAS Has Over HDD
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Five Advantages NAS Has Over HDDNetwork-attached storage (NAS) is an increasingly popular storage option for a wide range of uses. Whether it be for a home, small office, home office, or large business environment, NAS offers several advantages over traditional external hard drive units. Today, NAS products are available from a wide variety of vendors, including companies like Netgear that also sell networking gear to many home users as well as small-to-medium-sized businesses. In this article, we will focus in on five of these advantages.
The first advantage NAS has over traditional external hard drives is that a NAS is actually a specialized Linux server dedicating to managing underlying storage for you. This can allow many businesses to unplug and eliminate an existing Windows or Linux server and maintaining fewer servers while offering the same (or better) capabilities is always a good thing. The second benefit NAS devices have over an external hard drive is one of sheer access speed. NAS can be connected into your server infrastructure using standard 1Gbps networking, which is significantly faster than the USB 2.0 connection used to access the external hard drive. Newer NAS units also offer multiple network access ports which can be used to improve redundancy but also provide support for more advanced network configurations.
The third advantage NAS has over an external hard drive is that typically NAS devices include enterprise-class hard drives configured using a RAID configuration that supports failover in the event of a drive failure. The better drives used in NAS devices means that typically they will last longer, include better warranty support from the vendor, and will also offer better performance. The fourth advantage offered by NAS over traditional external hard drive storage is the availability of more sophisticated backup options with the NAS. Many NAS units support managed backup from the NAS to an external hard drive or even directly to another NAS (local or across the network). As of late, some vendors are even offering direct integration to cloud storage infrastructures – a flexibility and capability that is not possible with a standard external hard drive. Finally, the fifth advantage NAS offers is the ability to provide a single storage server that can be used to easily share data across a wide variety of client computers (such as those running Windows, Linux, or Apple operating systems) with no worries or dependencies on file system formatting or security.
As you can see, network-attached storage (NAS) offers a number of performance, management, and deployment advantages over the more limited external hard drive option. NAS devices can be thought of as fully functional, platform-agnostic, dedicated servers used to manage storage infrastructure for your business.
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