What makes the best NAS drive?

by Dec 10, 2015Business Continuity

Finding the best NAS drive for your business is easier than you would think.

The NAS device is born out of data catastrophe, and the dissatisfaction of users who rely too much on hard-drive backup or the cloud. It is also a story about a business that has to share large quantities of data among distant branches.

Network Attached Storage Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems are appliances that contain one or more hard drives. Often the drives are arranged in a so-called Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives (RAID) order so that they function in sequence as if they were a single drive. The best NAS drive uses “hot-swappable” hard drives. These can be replaced easily by unplugging and plugging the drive into the appliance while the system is running.

The best NAS drive can store a lot of data because many of them employ a number of hard drives. For the most part, the hard drives are not different from ordinary hard drives, but the software they use is different. The best NAS drive uses protocols like those associated with Network File Systems to make them fully accessible and sharable throughout a network.

One of the most important features of the best NAS drive system is its connectedness to cloud servers. When users store data on the NAS system, it acts as an onsite backup system. At the same time the data is sharable and updatable throughout the local network. In addition, the NAS is a cloud backup system which automatically backs up data to a cloud server.

Local accessibility to the backup system is faster than cloud-based backup, since the latter has to be transmitted via network cable to and from offsite locations. However, offsite cloud backup is also very important in case of physical damage on-site. In case of data destruction, the offsite backup can restore operation quickly.

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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.

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