Network Attached Storage servers are self-contained, intelligent devices that attach directly to your existing LAN. A file system is located and managed on the NAS device and data is transferred to clients over industry standard network protocols (TCP/IP or IPX) using industry standard file sharing protocols (SMB/CIFS, NCP, NFS, AFP or HTTP). This intelligence on the NAS device enables true data sharing among heterogeneous network clients.
Benefits of Network Attached Storage
Reduced Server I/O Bottlenecks
Increased Reliability and Data Availability
According to Dataquest over 60% of server failures are caused by storage related problems. Network downtime resulting from server failure costs organizations thousands of dollars per hour. Separating storage resources from the server decreases both the number of components and the amount of file I/O activity. This reduces the probability of server downtime and increases the reliability of the network and application servers. A more reliable and efficient network saves your organization time and money.
Most networks do experience server downtime at some point, whether it’s for planned maintenance or due to unexpected crashes or outages. Because NAS Servers operate independent of network servers and communicate directly with the client, files remain available in the event of network server downtime.
Efficient Allocation and Use of Resources
NAS enables you to locate storage where it's needed on the network and provide clients with direct, server independent communication to storage resources. Localizing file I/O traffic provides for a more efficient use of network resources.
A NAS appliance connects directly to your existing LAN and transfers data over standard network access protocols (TCP/IP or IPX) using standard file sharing protocols (SMB/CIFS, NCP, NFS, FTP or HTTP). No additional software or client licenses are required for clients to access storage. This enables you to implement a storage solution and leverage your existing network investments.
Management of NAS Appliances can be performed from anywhere on your network or over the Internet using a standard web browser or alternative management tools. Product enhancements and problem fixes are performed with a simple 3-minute flash upgrade. A thinserver appliance is so simple, there is no need to understand or learn a complex operating system and anyone can administer one.
Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Network Attached Storage Appliances vs. General Purpose Servers
A NAS appliance is characterized by a streamlined architecture designed and optimized for performing one function - data delivery. This "closed box" approach results in more efficient performance, higher reliability, easier installation, management and use, and lower total cost of ownership as compared to a general-purpose server.
Network Attached Storage (NAS) vs. Storage Area Networking (SAN)
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Storage Area Network (SAN)
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