Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Network Attached Storage (NAS) connects via Ethernet to your router or switch and allows multiple devices, including computers, tablets and cellphones, to store data and files in a single location. NAS storage is specifically for serving files and the main purpose of a NAS drive is the protection of data and information.
There are also several advantages to using a NAS drive over traditional storage devices. A major advantage is that the NAS server enables you to connect offsite to the drive remotely, meaning you can view your files at home—without being there. They’re also much quieter and run at a lower temperature than traditional drives, and offer a storage solution which can be made available to every person on your network.
Functionality and Security: How NAS Drives Work
In order to access the information contained on a NAS hard drive, user accounts are required. This protects the information from anyone who happens to come into proximity with your NAS drive. Added to this are several features designed to enhance security and usability. The first one is that each device connected to the NAS drive can be assigned to a specific user, which protects the information from being accessed by other users. In addition to this, designated file shares mean it’s possible to share files easily between individual and multiple users, while public folders act as a central point for sharing data.
Types of NAS Drives
NAS drives have been developed to suit multiple network structures and storage needs. There are three main types of NAS systems ranging from home and small businesses all the way to resource-intensive enterprises. These are discussed below:
Enterprise NAS Drives
At the top end of the market are high-end business NAS drives designed to store resource-intensive data pools. These machines typically feature clustering, making it possible to access all files from any of the clustered nodes, regardless of the location of the file, as well as rapid access.
Midmarket NAS Drives
Mid-level NAS are equipped to handle hundreds of terabytes of data. However, unlike enterprise NAS they usually cannot be clustered.
Home and Small Business NAS Drives
These are entry-level machines designed for small business and home users and are ideal for families.
Single Drive vs. Dual Drive
An important consideration when buying a NAS drive is whether to choose a single drive or a dual drive. Put simply, in the event of failure you run the risk of losing your data with a single drive. A dual drive NAS counters this with redundancy. So if one drive fails, the other drive will have automatically backed up your information, eliminating the need to restore data. However, when choosing a dual drive NAS it’s important to remember that it will only run at half the stated capacity. For example, a 4TB drive will only offer 2TB since it mirrors the data between the two drives.
NAS Storage at Overclockers UK
If you’re looking for a comprehensive range of NAS drives, NAS bays or wireless NAS solutions, then Overclockers UK has everything you need. We work with brands like Asustor, Synology and Qnap, and Western Digital to bring you a selection of SMB and home office NAS solutions designed for any organisation or family set-up. Not sure what you need? Not a problem; our dedicated support staff are available to help you make the right choice. Simply contact us anytime Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm, or Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm and an experienced member of our team will be on hand. That’s why we’re the number one store for gamers and PC enthusiasts.