A Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution allows you to share and protect your data in various ways. It's easy to install and manage, and provides a simple, centralised backup solution. More capacity can be added when needed by simply connecting extra removable media devices. Add to this the flexibility of different RAID options (Redundant Array of Independent or Inexpensive Disks), and you can optimise disk space usage, data backup/restoration and maintain data integrity as well.
A NAS device can be used to provide storage solutions in many environments for both the office and the home including:
- Shared storage in an office environmen
- Storage backup and disaster recovery
- Home media server for music, video and pictures
In each of these solutions, different disk storages strategies can be deployed depending on whether the priority is to use the maximum capacity of the available disks or whether redundancy and error correction is required to protect and ensure that the data is intact.
Shared Storage in an Office
In an office environment, a NAS solution can be used as a central network data resource offering common shared storage in addition to protected storage with user defined access rights.
Storage Backup and Disaster Recovery
A NAS device is an excellent choice for data backup and disaster recovery applications. With potential disasters such as fire, flood, theft, hardware failure, human error, virus attacks to name but a few, a NAS can help you protect your data. A NAS solution can provide storage backup solutions for both local and remote offices.
Home Media Server
In the home more and more people are storing their music, video and family pictures on their computers. A NAS solution not only allows everyone in the family to share all this information, but it more importantly allows these valuable files to be protected and backed up properly. For instance, losing the complete family photo album would be a personal tragedy for many families. A NAS device is now an affordable solution for the modern multimedia enabled home.