But to find the best solution for you try asking yourself the following questions:
The first, and most obvious question when thinking about NAS, is how much storage space do you need? NAS drives are available in different sizes ranging from one terabyte up to six terabytes. Of course you aren’t restricted to just one drive and depending on which solution you decide upon you can have up to eight drives.
However as a guide to the number of terabytes you may need on a single drive one terabytes is roughly equivalent to 682,000 15 second Instagram videos, 333,000 MP3 files or 250 HD movies.
Pre-installed drives or diskless solutions?
When buying NAS enclosures from Weable.co.za you will find models with and without built-in drives. Buying a device complete with drives has the advantage of convenience as everything is configured and installed. But many will prefer a diskless system so they are not restricted to just one manufacturer and can source the best value drives to install themselves.
What about security?
It’s important to keep your network secure and NAS can help with how data, files and information is shared among the network. Ensure you are able to create the type of access that will suit your business. For example you could allow blanket access or create areas that are only accessible by password.
Protecting all your essential files and valuable data is of course essential and with NAS the degree of protection is very much linked to the number of drives. For the smaller business it may seem that a single drive is sufficient and, in terms of storage volume, that may be correct. However should there be a hardware failure the results would be catastrophic with all data lost.
However, having multiple NAS drives not only massively increases the storage capacity, but enables RAID to be set up. RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a way of setting up two or more NAS drives so that data is copied across multiple disks. So, if one disk fails, it can be simply removed and replaced with no loss of data. Setting up RAID is recommended for businesses of all sizes that have a network. There are however different types of RAID which are differentiated by a number. The most common types are RAID1 and RAID5.