NAS Storage

Long valued as a versatile, efficient, and economical data storage solution, network attached storage (NAS) has evolved in directions that make it even more appealing for today’s IT administrators. Two of the biggest trends in NAS storage are the emergence of software-defined NAS and the development of unified NAS/SAN systems. Thinkmate, the custom systems builder of choice for progressive businesses and research organizations, is the ideal partner to help you capitalize on these NAS storage advances.

NAS Storage Software

NAS storage in the past was typically developed and delivered as appliances but today you have the option of acquiring NAS software and installing it on the hardware of your choice. The benefits of software-defined NAS systems include:

  • Customizability. With NAS storage software rather than an appliance, you have more choice and control over the hardware platform that you use – enabling you to select and configure exactly the right platform for your particular environment and needs.
  • Lowered TCO. Software-defined NAS servers often cost less in total than appliances, and there are even some well-regarded open source NAS storage solutions available, such as FreeNAS.
  • Faster refreshes. Because upgrading software is faster and easier than upgrading appliances, software-defined solutions can help you stay up to date with the latest and greatest NAS features.

If you’re considering using a software-defined NAS storage solution, Thinkmate can help by providing you the best and most highly configurable selection of storage hardware platforms in the industry. We also have the expertise to help you choose and configure exactly the right hardware platform for your particular environment and projected NAS workloads, and we’ll provide you with exceptional service and warranty terms.

NAS Storage and SAN Storage, Unified

Another beneficial trend in NAS storage technology is the advent of unified NAS/SAN systems. In the past, storage managers had to make the sometimes difficult choice between deploying file-based NAS storage systems or block-based SAN storage systems – or else opt for the costly and complex undertaking of deploying and managing both types of systems separately. Today there are solutions that provide the ultimate in versatility and future-proofing by supporting NAS protocols and SAN protocols in a single unified system with integrated management tools.

For organizations seeking a unified NAS server and SAN server solution, Thinkmate offers state-of-art NexentaStor™ systems. NexentaStor is a software-based, enterprise-class unified NAS/SAN system which Thinkmate pre-installs in a range of hardware configurations – all backed by Thinkmate’s superior customer service and warranty.

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