With NAS data can be easily stored, shared and secured. Everyone in the business will be able to access the information on the NAS, share devices such as printers and will even be able to remotely dial in to the system no matter where they are in the world.
Although NAS devices are ideal for businesses they are increasingly being used in the home. Home NAS systems usually have a lower storage capacity but can be used to store all data from the family’s computers, their smartphones and tablet PCs and can also stream media and run the Smart TV. And, as most home NAS devices come with extra cloud storage, photos and videos can be easily shared with extended family members no matter where they are located.
What is NAS?
Before looking at which NAS drive will best suit your situation in more detail let’s first explain exactly what Network Attached Storage is. The easy way to think about NAS is as a high capacity external hard drive that has a load of extra bells and whistles which is wirelessly connected to every computer and device on your network.
The advantages of this is that everyone using a computer in the network can save data onto the NAS or access the information that is already stored there.
This makes it so much easier and more convenient when working as a team as documents no longer have to be emailed between colleagues but rather can be centrally accessed, edited and shared.
In addition printers and other devices can be connected to the NAS which again makes a much more convenient solution.
Basically anyone with access to the network can log onto any computer on any desk and access information and then use the nearest printer to make a hard copy. The benefits of this are obvious and will be a huge boost to productivity.
Another advantage of using NAS is that the data is much more secure as access to the drive can be controlled and with hot swappable disks and RAID a hardware failure won’t result in lost data.
And, of course, one of the biggest benefits to installing NAS onto a network is the sheer volume of data that can be stored and retrieved. The storage capacity can be increased as the business and demand grows with multiple drives and enclosures added when necessary.