NAS File Server

Reduce storage headaches with a NAS file server

A NAS file server is the workhorse of modern data storage, ideally suited for serving the unstructured data that's driving the exponential growth of business information. For organizations with high-volume storage needs, a NAS network server provides a smaller footprint and exceptional cost-per-gigabyte stored. A NAS server for business also enables IT teams to manage storage more easily, as NAS devices are easier to administer than direct-attached storage or traditional file servers.

Whether you're in investing your first NAS file server or adding capacity to an existing NAS system, you'll find highly customizable and competitively priced solutions for servers for NAS and server products for other storage systems at Thinkmate.

The benefits of a NAS file server

A NAS file server is a dedicated storage hardware device that allows multiple users and devices to store and retrieve data in a central location. NAS file servers are connected to the local area network (LAN) by a standard ethernet connection and managed with a browser-based utility.

NAS servers are ideally suited for storing unstructured data such as documents, text files, video, audio, websites and presentations – the type of data that makes up the bulk of the rapidly growing volume of business information.

A NAS server consists of hardware (storage drives, processors, and RAM) along with a lightweight operating system for sending and receiving storage requests.

NAS file servers are considered scale-out storage architecture, meaning that adding capacity is as simple as adding additional NAS servers.

A NAS file server from Thinkmate

ThinkmateNAS file servers are ideal for moderate workloads, 24x7 cloud data centers, scale-out storage, replicated data environments, content delivery networks (CDNs), and more. Available in form factors from 1U to 4U with up to 72 hot-swappable drive bays and up to two processors, a NAS file server offers a balance between high capacity and high performance, providing a solution that is optimized for bulk storage of unstructured data.

Our highly configurable NAS file servers are powered by ThinkNAS™ software and include:

  • Support for server and storage virtualization.
  • An enhanced feature set that helps to lower cost-per-gigabyte.
  • Exceptional file transfer rates for all types of protocols, including NFS, AFP, SMB/CIFS, FTP, and iSCSI/FC.
  • File-sharing for clients across composite OS platforms.
  • Multiple choices/implementations of high-availability options.
  • NAS's intuitive web GUI.
  • Support for all of Areca's PCI-based RAID adapters: 12xx, 1883, and 1884/12GB SAS3 series.

Thinkmate NAS file servers can be configured as a Linux NAS server as well as a NAS web server for storing web content.

Advantages of a NAS file server from Thinkmate

A NAS file server from Thinkmate provides advantages that include:

  • Easy administration. Operating a NAS server requires little IT expertise in comparison to other storage systems, minimizing the burden on IT teams.
  • Lower costs. A NAS file server is relatively inexpensive to acquire, and because it's easy to add additional servers as needed, a NAS server usually has optimal capacity utilization.
  • Improved performance. By offloading responsibility for serving files from other servers, a NAS file server can help improve overall system performance.
  • Simple scale-out. Adding additional storage capacity is as simple as connecting an additional NAS device to any available network connection.
  • Increased availability. Every network device can access NAS storage, and users will still have access to data on the NAS file server even when servers are down.

Why Thinkmate is your best source for NAS file servers

At Thinkmate, we've been custom-building NAS file servers for more than 25 years. Our commitment to superior quality has made us a #1 provider of servers, storage and workstations to organizations in business, education and government, and our highly competitive pricing has made us the go-to source for IT teams and companies of all sizes who need superior equipment with great ROI.

When you buy NAS server products from Thinkmate, we completely customize your machine to meet your individual needs. With our world-class configurator, you can easily configure a system online, choosing from multiple options for base models, processors, memory cards, storage drives, network cards, and other components. With each selection, you'll see the change in the price of your file server displayed clearly at the top of the page, so there will be no surprises as you build your machine.

All of our NAS file servers are made in the USA at our facilities in Massachusetts, and each machine comes with a minimum 3-year warranty.

FAQs: What is a NAS file server?

What is a NAS file server?

A network-attached storage server, or NAS file server, is a storage device with a file-level storage architecture that makes it easy for multiple users and client devices to access a central repository for storing and retrieving files.

What are the advantages of a NAS file server?

A NAS file server provides a cost-efficient and easy way to manage storage, as adding capacity is as simple as connecting additional servers. NAS file servers are simple to manage, minimizing work for IT teams. And because a NAS file server assumes responsibility for serving files, other servers can be freed up to handle other processing needs, enhancing system performance.

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