Network Attached Storage system (NAS) is just another storage platform used for storing essential documents, files, images, videos and simply anything on your PC or mobile. The modern system allows the user either to use a web browser or smart phone apps to access all the stored files on NAS, enabling the users to enjoy the multiple services provided by the NAS.
In simple words, NAS servers eliminate the clause of file sharing with other servers on the network by sharing the data with a computer network, providing access to assorted clients. Isn’t it a better option for your small scale business?
Why Choose NAS over General Purpose Servers?
NAS offers a centralized location with extended storage to multiple clients where they can access, share and modify the same folders or data. It uses network file sharing protocols like AFP, SMB/CIFS, or NFS, which allows for faster data access and self-sufficient solutions for managing files within NAS. Besides, it offers services which are almost identical to that of the application server but with reduced customization and simple settings.
Coming to the general-purpose servers, they use server operating system like Windows or MAC OS X to manage resources on the network. They require additional storage and processing memory to process requests ad deliver data or to handle user requests altogether. In short, you can say NAS with its easy solutions, additional storage capacity, cost-effective implementation, and faster data access makes an easy choice for the users when compared to general-purpose servers.
Why Should Small Businesses Opt for NAS?
Where small business comprising 5 to 10 people can rely on the many benefits of NAS, we tend to see them struggle with general-purpose servers. With NAS, it becomes way easier to store, share and modify data as it strengthens the client-server relationship. For instance, if you are planning to shift your small business, how hard will it be for you to move the entire data and devices? It may result in data loss, mismanagement and corruption.
Well, the problem is eliminated with NAS as it is a centralized system from which data can be accessed from anywhere and at any time. Besides, NAS offers a backup for your data; therefore, making the shifting process easy with your data being kept safely.
Can a NAS system Fail?
Well, no machine is 100 per cent efficient and having said that NAS belongs to the same category. NAS incorporates RAID which stores data, and you might be familiar with RAID failures. If your system has gone through excessive data loss and internal damages, it is best to hire a Synology NAS data recovery specialist. But first, let’s look at some issues that cause NAS system failures-
Electrical Interruptions- Electrical issues like power failures, voltage fluctuations and short-circuit can affect the NAS integration with RAID.
User-Mishandling- NAS data loss can occur when the user accidentally deletes the files or format the entire system.
Excessive Heating-Cluttering the system with all sorts of data, can slow down the processing and lead to overheating
Defects in NAS Controllers- Errors in the operating system, malfunction, an intrusion of viruses and incomplete configuration can cause defects in NAS controllers.