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What is NAS?

By:Christine Fettinger

NAS stands for network-attached storage. Instead of constantly having your computer store important data you can implement a solid NAS to separately for storage and backup onto your network. They’re used are used to store and backup all types of files, file sharing, and print sharing.

Think of NAS as a computer appliance. Small business owners will often have two alternatives. Investing in a NAS or some of form of public cloud storage. A NAS device is built to store and serve files. From the ground up NAS contains one or more hard drives. Most NAS devices use a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) configuration for redundancy. This can offload vital CPU processing power towards a standalone NAS device. NAS can offer increased security by offering complete control. Thankfully most NAS devices come bundled with a graphical user interface (GUI).

The cloud is a viable alternative compared to the NAS. If data is non-sensitive, a public cloud storage provider is suitable for your small business. A generously spec’d NAS can cost $500-$1000 varying from features and storage space. Some NAS vendors make you pay for their backup service tools instead of the NAS device itself.

Where as a Cloud Provider will charge you via subscription. Let’s take Dropbox for Business for example $15.00 per month and OneDrive for Business which is currently $5.00. Most Office 365 Business subscriptions come bundled with OneDrive for Business. Let’s say we do shell out for Dropbox’s $15 subscription. Multiply that by 12 months. The grand total comes to $180 annually. For a small business that cannot afford full-time IT personnel to maintain a network infrastructure, this might be a great option. However, for enterprise backup solutions we recommend NAS products such as Synology and Datto.

Businesses storing sensitive data often containing billing credentials, health records, and even invoices. Now that the Cloud trend has exploded we have many options private, public, and hybrid cloud. You can even setup a hybrid NAS device sync up to the cloud with services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3 public cloud offerings.

It’s extremely difficult to cover all the possible outcomes through a blog post. It boils down to what businesses feel comfortable with. For quick and solid answer towards reliable backup solutions contact us today.