Server for NAS

Storing unstructured data with a server for NAS

The network-attached storage server, or NAS file server, has become an invaluable part of the technology stack for organizations large and small. Ideal for storing unstructured data, a server for NAS storage provides a central data repository that can be accessed by multiple users and client devices via a simple network connection. Easy to install and manage, a NAS server offers improved resource utilization rates and higher availability at a lower cost than other types of storage systems. And as the volume of business data continues to grow, a NAS network server can be easily expanded to add additional capacity as needed.

Thinkmate provides a broad range of servers for NAS storage – everything from a small business NAS server to an enterprise-grade installation, as well as Linux NAS server options and unified NAS/SAN systems.

The advantages of a server for NAS

A server for NAS differs from traditional file-serving and direct-attached storage (DAS) solutions in that the operating system and other software on the server for NAS provide only the functionality for data storage, data access, and management of these two functions. Also, a server for NAS doesn't limit clients to a single file transfer protocol, and NAS storage systems typically contain one or more hard disks that are usually arranged into logical, redundant storage containers or RAIDs.

Because a server for NAS removes the responsibility of file-serving from other devices on the network, those machines can prioritize other workloads to improve overall system performance. And because new NAS servers can be brought online quickly and easily through any network connection, NAS systems provide easy scale-out options for IT teams seeking to add additional storage capacity to meet the needs of growing data volumes.

Thinkmate: Leading custom-built servers for NAS

Thinkmate has been a leading custom systems builder for nearly three decades. Our STX NS series of servers for NAS are capacity-optimized solutions that offer low-cost bulk storage for managing large amounts of unstructured data. A Thinkmate server for NAS can manage workloads that include everything from 24x7 cloud data centers and content delivery networks to filesharing, email archiving, web content storage, and replicated data environments.

Each Thinkmate server for NAS includes:

  • An optimized NAS OS in ThinkNAS™.
  • 12 – 72 hot-swappable SATA drive bays.
  • 1 – 2 processors.
  • Rackmount form factors of 1U to 4U.
  • 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.
  • Support for server and storage virtualization.
  • 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.
  • An enhanced feature set that helps to lower cost-per-gigabyte.

Building a Thinkmate server for NAS online

Configuring a server for NAS with Thinkmate is a simple and transparent process. Our world-class configurator offers more customizable options than any other system builder on the web. And our straightforward pricing means you can get an instant price quote as you build your ideal server for NAS storage.

To configure your system, use our configurator to choose a base rackmount platform, from your own NAS Server with a 1U form factor to a large 4U server. You can then choose from a wide selection of processors, memory options, storage drives, network cards, cables and software, as well as warranties that range from our standard 3-year warranty with advanced parts replacement to a 5-year advanced parts replacement warranty with next business day onsite service.

As you add or remove components, the change in cost will be reflected in the configured price shown at the top of the page, so you'll always know exactly where you stand in terms of expense. Our knowledgeable computer technicians are available at any time to answer your questions, review your selections, and help you configure the NAS server or NAS web server that will best meet your needs.

Why come to Thinkmate for a server for NAS?

Thinkmate provides a broad range of custom-configured servers, storage, and workstations to customers in a wide variety of industries. Our commitment to superior quality and customer service and our cutting-edge technology have made us a #1 white box server solutions provider for more than 25 years. Customers count on the reliability of our technology to provide ROI throughout the entire lifecycle of their products. And our highly competitive pricing – thanks to direct relationships with direct suppliers – enables customers to get a server for NAS at a price that is on par with or better than our competitors.

FAQs: What is a server for NAS?

What is a server for NAS?

A network-attached storage server, or NAS server, is a storage device that provides a central location for users and client devices on a network to store and retrieve data. A server for NAS is a scale-out device, meaning that IT teams can easily add additional storage capacity by simply adding more NAS devices.

What are the benefits of a server for NAS?

NAS servers help to improve system performance by taking responsibility for serving files away from servers that are responsible for other kinds of processing. NAS servers are also cost-effective and easy to use.

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