NAS and Server

Managing data storage with a NAS server

The network-attached server, or NAS server, is helping organizations of all sizes to manage the storage of unstructured data more effectively and cost-efficiently. A NAS network server as a storage solution that allows multiple users and devices to store and retrieve data and files in a central repository, making data easier to access and share. A server for NAS is connected to an organization's network via a simple connection, and because a NAS server offers greater resource utilization rates, it can help to reduce the cost of provisioning and managing storage architecture. Perhaps most importantly, a NAS storage server is a scale-out technology that makes it easy for data storage administrators to add storage capacity as business data volumes continue to rise.

As a leading provider of server, storage and workstation solutions, Thinkmate offers a wide variety of storage solutions for NAS and server solutions for unified NAS/SAN systems.

Why use a NAS server?

A NAS server offers several key benefits for data storage, including:

  • Higher data availability. Availability of data can potentially increase with NAS because data access is not dependent on a server – a server can be off-line and users can still access data on the NAS.
  • Faster performance. Because a NAS server takes on the responsibility for serving files away from other servers, those devices are free to focus on other workloads that can help to increase the performance of the system as a whole.
  • Easy scale-out capabilities. When existing storage devices begin to reach full capacity, IT teams can add additional NAS servers by simply connecting the devices to any available network jack.
  • Simpler administration. NAS server architecture is easy to set up and manage, significantly reducing the time required for data storage administration.

Thinkmate: Custom NAS storage and server solutions

For more than 25 years, Thinkmate has been a leading builder of custom systems for customers in a wide range of industries, educational institutions, and government agencies. Our STX-NS storage solution is a NAS server that supports a wide variety of up-to-date workloads including web content storage, email archiving, file sharing, and storage of virtual machine images. Our NAS servers are optimized for bulk storage of unstructured data and are available in form factors from 1U-4U, and can be configured with anywhere from 12 to 72 drive bays.

Key features of Thinkmate NAS server solutions include:

  • File-sharing for clients across composite OS platforms.
  • Support for server and storage virtualization.
  • Support for all of Areca's PCI based RAID adapters: 12xx, 1883, and 1884/12GB SAS3 series.
  • An optimized set of features that helps to enable a lower cost-per-gigabyte.
  • NAS's intuitive web GUI.
  • Multiple choices for implementation of high-availability options.
  • Exceptional file transfer rates that meet the needs of high-speed video editing for all types of protocols, including NFS, AFP, SMB/CIFS, FTP, and iSCSI/FC.
  • Optimized configurations for bulk cloud storage, Big Data storage, replicated environments, backup and archiving.
  • ThinkNAS™ software

Thinkmate also provides NAS cloud server options.

How to configure a NAS server with Thinkmate

At Thinkmate, we offer a world-class configurator with more customizable options than any other system builder on the web. With transparent pricing and expert assistance available at any time, it's easy to shop, configure, compare and order NAS servers online with Thinkmate.

When configuring a system, you can start by choosing a base model based on a form factor from 1U to 4U and then customize your server by selecting from a wide variety of components. You'll have a large selection of processors, storage drives, memory options, network cards, cables, and software to choose from, all protected by our standard 3-year warranty with advanced parts replacement.

As you configure your system, you can see the total cost of your machine at the top of the page. As you select or swap one component for another, the changes will be reflected in a revised total, so you'll always have a picture of how the cost of your configuration compares to your budget. Should you have questions or need help in finding the exact product and components for your specifications, our knowledgeable computer technicians are always available to help.

Why choose a NAS server from Thinkmate?

Thinkmate offers a wide range of storage, server and workstation solutions that can be 100% customized to the needs of your computing environment. Our reliable, leading-edge technology and our dedication to providing exceptional customer service have made us a #1 white box server solutions provider for nearly three decades. Customers choose Thinkmate technology when they want ROI that will last the entire lifecycle of their machines, in addition to highly competitive pricing that is on par with or better than our competitors. Every Thinkmate machine is made in the USA in our own state-of-the-art facilities in Waltham, Massachusetts.

FAQs: What is a NAS server?

What is a NAS server?

A network-attached server, or NAS server, is a data storage device that provides a central repository where multiple users and client devices on a network can access and store data. A NAS server provides scale-out capacity, enabling IT teams to easily add storage when needed by provisioning more NAS servers.

What are the advantages of a NAS server?

By providing a central location for storing a wide variety of unstructured data, NAS servers help to enhance collaboration and simplify filesharing. Because NAS servers take responsibility for serving files away from other devices, those servers are free to prioritize other workloads that can help to increase system performance. Managing NAS storage is fairly easy and straightforward, minimizing the administrative burden on IT teams.


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