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Why use Network Attached Storage (NAS) to your business

by: Mon Peter I. Damiles | 13 Jun, 2011 17:55:38

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NAS or Network attached storage is a type of device that also acts as a server. This device can share your personal files thru your network. All you need to do is to attach this device to your switch and you can now share and store files using your network. The storage capacity will depend on your needs. If you are using NAS for your home, a lower storage capacity can already be good for you. But if you are using a NAS in a company with many users, it is recommended to use at least 1TB and above to make sure that the space is enough for the users.  Below, you can see some of the best features of NAS.

Easy to use- NAS devices doesn’t need too much installation because normally, the said devices are “plug and play”. Which means that you just need to plug the device on your switch and you can use it already.

Access files thru the internet- Thru the use of FTP server, you can access your files not just thru your network but you can also access them by using the internet. Music, videos and documents is just like inside your computer. Just make sure that both ends have an internet connection.

Security- In a home or a business, security is always important.  Having a network without a security can be critical especially when you have important or personal files stored. With its built in security, you can set specific restrictions on users. You can assign them specific folders which they can use as a file server. This security helps minimize access by unauthorized persons.

Space saving- With the NAS, it allows you to save space in your office/home. This eliminates the use of mouse, monitor and keyboard because it just needs to be plugged in your network for it to run.

NAS is an alternative way of setting up a file server, no installations needed. This is for those who want instant file storage. Before buying a NAS, make sure to do your own research on the product to know its reviews both positive and negative so that you can determine the best NAS suitable for your home/office needs. Another thing, if you’ll be buying a NAS device, it is advisable for you to use a UPS. A UPS will be very important when there is a power interruption; this will not just prevent data loss also to prevent damage to your NAS.


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