Network Attached Storage

NAS – Network Attached Storage:

A network-attached storage (NAS) device is a server that is dedicated to nothing more than file sharing. NAS does not provide any of the activities that a server in a server-centric system typically provides, such as email, authentication or file management.

NAS allows more hard disk storage space to be added to a network that already utilizes servers without shutting them down for maintenance and upgrades. With a NAS device, storage is not an integral part of the server. Instead, in this storage-centric design, the server still handles all of the processing of data but a NAS device delivers the data to the user.

A NAS device does not need to be located within the server but can exist anywhere in a LAN and can be made up of multiple networked NAS devices.

Whether it’s for home or business, if you need to store and share data over a network, our list of top-rated NAS devices is the best place to start your search.

NAS Typically Have:

Headache-free setup (particularly important for the consumer/prosumer)

  • Have good read/write performance
  • Have features that aid in doing the things users want in a NAS: sharing files, backing up data from Windows, Mac, and possibly Linux machines, or offering some cloud service for storage and backup
  • Have good data redundancy and protection options (of particular importance for business)
  • Offer security—either data encryption, and/or user access control
  • Ship with well-written documentation and have an abundance of good help resources for users.

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