NAS servers are a popular storage solution for organizations large and small. A NAS server can support a wide variety of contemporary workloads including file sharing, web content storage, email archiving, and storage of virtual machine images. The appeal of network attached storage (NAS) can be seen by comparing it to the two main alternative storage solutions: direct attached storage (DAS) and dedicated storage area network (SAN).
Direct attached storage, as the name suggests, is storage that is directly attached to and utilized by only one computer – a desktop PC or a server machine. A NAS server provides two key advantages over direct attached storage:
Along with NAS, the other option for a networked storage system is a SAN. While SANs are valued for their unmatched performance for use cases such as high-volume transaction systems, a NAS server is preferred to SAN in many contexts because:
Thinkmate is a custom systems builder whose clients include some of the world’s leading corporations and academic institutions. We have the experience, expertise, and technologies to help you maximize your return on your NAS server investment. For customers who have acquired NAS software (whether open source or proprietary) and are looking for a powerhouse hardware foundation on which to run the software, we offer best-of-breed hardware platforms optimized for bulk storage, available in a range of configurations. For those who want to support SAN protocols as well as NAS protocols, we offer pre-installed NexentaStor™ solutions that provide NAS and SAN storage in a unified system. For all of our storage solutions we deliver industry-best customer service and warranty terms.