Network-Attached Server

Managing data with a custom network-attached server

The network-attached server (NAS) continues to provide effective, scalable, and low-cost storage solutions for enterprises and small businesses in a wide variety of industries. Easy to install, manage and scale, a server for NAS offers accessible storage for multiple clients and users, as well as optimal capacity utilization and exceptional cost-per-gigabyte stored.

Thinkmate provides a wide range of network-attached server options, enabling businesses to quickly and easily configure a home-built NAS server or an enterprise-level system online, with products that offer exceptional reliability, uncompromising quality and highly competitive pricing.

What is a network-attached server?

A network-attached server is a dedicated file storage device that lets multiple users and devices access a central location to store and retrieve files. A NAS device is connected to the network via an ethernet connection and appears on the LAN as an independent network node with a unique IP address.

A NAS server consists of software for NAS and server hardware with drives, processors, and RAM. Installing and managing a network-attached server is fairly simple and is usually done via a browser-based utility.

NAS devices are ideally suited to storing unstructured data such as documents, audio files, videos, websites and text files. Adding capacity to a network-attached server system is easy – additional servers can be brought online by simply connecting them to an open network port.

A network-attached server from Thinkmate

Our STX NS series of network-attached servers are optimized for bulk storage of unstructured data and are available in form factors from 1U to 4U and with 12 to 72 hot-swappable SATA drive bays. Every NAS server from Thinkmate comes with expert consultation, exceptional customer service, and an industry-best warranty.

As an affordable, high-capacity, energy-efficient storage solution, a network-attached server from Thinkmate is ideal for workloads that include file sharing, email archiving, web content storage, and replicated data environments as well as 24x7 cloud data centers and content delivery networks.

Thinkmate network-attached servers include:

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

Whether you prefer a preconfigured system or a built-to-order network-attached server, Thinkmate has you covered.

Advantages of a network-attached server

With a network-attached server solution from Thinkmate, you can count on:

  • Improved resource utilization rates. A NAS network server offers a simple file-level storage architecture that can be easily expanded by adding additional network-attached server devices. Consequently, organizations don't need to over-provision NAS storage, but rather can wait until additional capacity is needed before buying and installing new devices.
  • Reduced costs. The cost of network-attached server equipment is lower than other storage formats, and because NAS systems are easy to install and manage, the cost of administration is lower as well.
  • Increased system performance. A network-attached server relieves other processing devices from having to serve files, enabling them to prioritize other workloads that can enhance system performance.

Why choose a Thinkmate network-attached server?

For more than 25 years, Thinkmate has been a leading provider of custom servers, storage and workstations for clients in a broad range of industries. Our commitment to superior quality and reliability means our customers can count on Thinkmate network-attached servers to deliver the functionality, durability, and efficiency they need for business continuity. Our exceptional customer service is the product of a company-wide focus on treating every customer with respect and doing everything in our power to help our customers get exactly what they need.

Our online configurator is among the best in the industry and allows you to quickly configure and price a network-attached server to your exact specifications. Start with a base model in form factors from 1U to 4U and add your choice of processors, memory, network cards, drives and software. The price of your configured server is clearly displayed, providing an instant price quote. And if you need assistance along the way, our expert solution architects are always ready to help make sure you're configuring a machine that will best serve your needs.

FAQs: What is a network-attached server?

What is a network-attached server?

A network-attached storage server, or NAS server, is a storage device with a file-level storage architecture that enables multiple users and client devices to access data from a central location. NAS systems can be easily expanded by adding additional network-attached servers.

What are the benefits of a network-attached server?

As a storage solution, a network-attached storage server combines cost-effectiveness with ease-of-use and the ability to quickly expand storage capacity. A network-attached server also helps to improve system performance by taking the responsibility off of other devices for serving files.


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