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A network attached storage (NAS) is an IP-based file-sharing device attached to a local area network (LAN), which serves a combination of clients and servers over an IP network.
As a device, a NAS relies on its own OS, and has its own integrated hardware and software to achieve a range of file service tasks.
Especially useful for smaller businesses, NAS devices are straightforward to set up. Remote access means files can be accessed anytime, anywhere, while the NAS provides an all-in-one backup and storage solution for businesses that offsets hard drive failure, giving IT administrators peace of mind.
Offices that create and store high levels of photographic, video and audio files will stand to benefit from a NAS device, as their high capacity, backup and streaming capabilities make file management swift and easy.
However, each NAS device has its own specifications; below are listed some key considerations to make before choosing the right device for your organisation.
The amount of data you need a NAS array to hold will depend on factors such as how much information you’re creating and how many employees the organisation has. The number of drives added to the NAS array will determine storage capacity.
A small business seeking a heavy amount of storage might choose a 6-bay NAS device with 8-terabyte (TB) hard drives, able to store a combined 48TB of data. Knowing your output will be key to knowing how much storage you need.
Simply put, the better the processors and memory, the better NAS devices perform. Typically, 1GB RAM is needed for every 1TB of storage, which means that a NAS array device of 16TB storage should have 16GB RAM. However, IT bosses that fall below this ratio shouldn’t experience too much of a loss in performance when performing complex processes, unless operating at maximum speeds.
NAS capacities vary greatly, so there’s no main price to aim for when purchasing. Instead, focus on how much storage capacity is needed, and start pricing from there. Devices with over 10TB of data storage capacity begin at around $700 and can reach up to $20,000 retail. If your NAS device is costing five figures, seek a specialist vendor to get a custom price.
NAS devices can usually be plugged in once and left alone, which means the amount of power they consume is an important issue, especially if you’re trying to keep energy costs to a minimum. A NAS device should normally operate at around 100 watts. This should drop to 75 watts at idle times, and peak at no more than 130 watts when at full performance.
Ensure the NAS is connected to an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), so that if there is a power failure, no data will be lost. Some NAS devices come with built-in UPS, the secondary battery kicking in if the main power supply drops so that the device can be shut down properly.
Organisations across many industries rely on next generation NAS technology to consolidate server and storage infrastructure, streamline data access and file sharing, and to simplify management efficiencies. With the right NAS vendor, each of these aims can be achieved in a scalable, secure way that positions the organisation for growth.