How is a NAS backup going to support your business?

by | Sep 11, 2014 | Business Continuity

A NAS Backup can be a central storage location locally and in the cloud

A network attached storage (NAS) device is essentially a hard drive attached to a network. All of the computers using the network can connect to and use the NAS backup, which is why a NAS is sometimes referred to as a “home server.”

A NAS can perform a variety of functions one of which is backing up data from devices connected to the network. NAS devices can be used as a central cache of stored data and media that can be used by all of the devices attached to the network. Many NAS devices can also be used to share outside the home network, and some can perform cloud-backup as well as backup data onto the NAS itself.

Whether a NAS backup is the right solution for a small business or home will depend, of course. For a Windows-oriented environment, a Windows Home Server may be a better option because it can integrate the various devices seamlessly and offer all of the other functions of a NAS. However, for the technologically impaired a NAS is often far easier to set up and maintain than a Windows Home Server. For environments that are not exclusively Windows-based, a NAS can offer extensive functionality in linking together and backing up various devices.

Using a NAS offers many advantages for a small business. The major advantage is it simplifies the computer set-ups. Instead of multiple hard drives, extra wires and power cables all over the place there is just one NAS. All of the devices owned by the firm communicate easily via the NAS and no one has to spend time trying to figure out which tablet or computer has the data on it because it’s all on the NAS. Having a simplified system reduces the chances of something failing- more parts equals more things that can break. Backing up becomes a breeze. Instead of working with multiple hard drives, there’s just one NAS. Instead of spending time trying to ensure that everything has been backed up on and off site, there is just the NAS system to administer. In the long run a NAS will save money in the hard drives that won’t need to be purchased.

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We offer a new NAS backup service as part of our lineup of data protection plans. The NAS we have selected offers both local storage of data and back-up onto the cloud. When you spill coffee on your computer, the data can be restored immediately from the local storage capacity of the NAS without affecting business flow at all. If your office burns to the ground, along with the NAS device, your entire network can be seamlessly restored from the cloud backup. Your company can continue running from anywhere as long as your data are safe.

If you need help protecting your data from life’s little ups and downs, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your company’s unique needs.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.