Benefits of NAS
Network Attached Storage or NAS is made to separate the storage resources between applications and network servers so as to make storage management easier. NAS also improves the efficiency, performance and reliability of a network, thereby enhancing the general productivity of an organization. The following are other benefits of NAS.
1. Easy to use
The traditional ways of adding more storage are quite cumbersome for the current network environments. NAS enables users to add more storage any place on the network through simply plugging in the network cable and then configuring a couple of settings. This method eliminates the need for network downtime and server reconfiguration and it can be done in minutes. NAS appliances are also manageable from any location on the network or through the internet. Any person can administer these NAS appliances as they are very simple.
2. Enhances data availability
Studies show most server problems come about due to storage linked complications. When the network is down to server failure, an organization can lose lots of money. However, separating the storage resources reduces the likelihood of network downtime and enhances the availability of data. A more efficient and reliable network saves the organization money and time. Moreover, since NAS servers usually function independently and directly communicate with the user, files remain accessible even in network downtime.
3. Better productivity
NAS offers enhanced productivity for the entire organization. For instance, network clients have the capability of sharing storage resources with other clients from a different network environment. In addition, there is also reduced time for data access as well as improved response time from the application server. Network administrators also benefit from simple installation, better management and reduced storage linked problems.
However, heavy and continual use of the NAS will likely congest the LAN and thus it is not appropriate for applications that demand lots of data transfer.