Small NAS Server

Solving storage challenges with a small NAS server

For small businesses, a small network-attached storage server, or NAS server, can be the ideal technology for solving storage needs. Accessed via a network connection, a network-attached server provides users and client devices with a central repository for storing and accessing files. A small NAS server is not only highly affordable but easy to install and manage as well, minimizing the time required from an IT specialist for configuration and administration.

To buy NAS server products that are custom-configured for your business, Thinkmate provides a selection of small NAS servers that are competitively priced and that deliver the quality, reliability, and customer service small businesses need from their computing technology.

The benefits of a small NAS server

A network-attached storage server offers many advantages for small businesses.

  • Simplicity. A small NAS server is easy to install and to manage, relieving IT personnel of the burden of administering complex storage systems.
  • Scale-out. When your NAS system begins to reach full capacity, it's easy to add additional storage by bringing another small NAS server online.
  • High-performance. NAS servers assume responsibility for serving files so other devices can focus on processing other workloads, providing performance improvements for the entire system.
  • Central storage. Every user and device on a network can access a small NAS server to store and retrieve files, providing an easy way to share data between users.
  • Cost savings. A small NAS server is among the more affordable options for storing data.

A small NAS server from Thinkmate

A leading custom systems builder for nearly three decades, Thinkmate configures and delivers compute and data storage solutions for corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, and scientific institutions. Every one of our machines can be individually customized and comes with expert consultation, exceptional customer service, and industry-best warranty terms.

Our STX NS series of NAS servers offer low-cost bulk storage designed to store vast amounts of unstructured data. Providing a balance between high-capacity and performance, a small NAS server from Thinkmate can support a wide variety of workloads including file sharing, content storage, email archiving, and storage of virtual machine images.

Our small NAS servers are powered by ThinkNAS™ software and include:

  • Up to 72 hot-swappable SATA HDD bays.
  • NASA servers with a form factor as small as 1U.
  • 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.
  • Support for all of Areca's PCI-based RAID adapters: 12xx, 1883, and 1884/12GB SAS3 series.
  • Multiple choices/implementations of high-availability options.
  • An enhanced feature set that helps to lower cost-per-gigabyte.
  • NAS's intuitive web GUI.

Each small NAS server can be custom configured, enabling those who prefer a home-built NAS server to completely customize their machine.

Configuring your small NAS server

You can configure your own NAS server with Thinkmate by using our world-class configurator, one of the best system builders on the web. You'll start by choosing a base model with a form factor of 1U to 4U, and then adding or subtracting components to arrive at your ideal configuration. You'll have a choice of processors, memory, network cards, drives and software, and each selection you make will be immediately reflected in the price quote for your small NAS server shown at the top of the page. As you're configuring your device, our expert solution architects are always available to answer questions, help you select the right components, and to review your configuration to make sure your choices are all compatible.

Why Thinkmate is your go-to source for small NAS servers

At Thinkmate, we've been providing customers with custom configured workstations, storage, and server solutions for more than 25 years. Our commitment to superior quality has made us a #1 server solutions provider to businesses large and small, and the reliability of our products has won us a hard-earned reputation for durability and value. We offer highly competitive pricing thanks to our relationships with direct suppliers, and our entire company is focused on delivering outstanding customer service to ensure you get everything you need from your Thinkmate equipment.

Every small NAS server from Thinkmate comes with a standard 3-year warranty with advanced parts replacement, and you can upgrade to a 5-year warranty with advanced replacement and next business day on-site service. Our machines are all made in the USA in our state-of-the-art facilities in Massachusetts, where we stress-test every component in harsh conditions to ensure we're delivering the functionality, efficiency, and reliability our customers count on.

FAQs: What is a small NAS server?

What is a small NAS server?

A small NAS server is a network-attached storage server that has a modest storage capacity when compared with larger, enterprise devices. A NAS server is a type of storage device that allows multiple users and clients to store and retrieve files from a central location. A small server for NAS may offer a storage capacity of 1 TB or less in a 1U unit, in contrast to large 4U servers that may offer a storage capacity of 500 TB or more.

What are the benefits of a small NAS server?

A small NAS server provides an easy-to-manage and cost-efficient storage solution for smaller businesses. NAS servers are simple to deploy and configure, and they enable small businesses to quickly expand storage capacity as needed by simply adding additional servers.


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