NAS: What is it?

NAS (Network-attached storage) has become the preferred server of small businesses specifically for storing and sharing data and information. The idea of NAS is that it offers storage space accessible to every user (with the permission of the network administrator) with capacity that is often largely superior to their PC counterparts. It is possible to compare NAS to a personal at-home cloud to store photos, documents, music, etc.

NAS for your home:

The NAS server for domestic use is different than one for a company. Connected to your router, it is an easy solution to save data or to share information between different PCs on an internal network. You also have the ability to access your personal data and set parameters to access it from the internet.

From an eco-friendly standpoint, NAS requires less energy than the cloud and consumes much less than a permanently connected PC. For example, helixee left plugged in 24/7 costs only €0.54 ($0.63, £0.47) per month.

Material and Performance:

The usage of the NAS needs to be considered before determining which to buy. For business purposes, an increase in users would require a larger server and more efficient performance material.

The kind of processor and the amount of memory are two important points to take into account.

NAS functions between 600 and 900 MHz and is sufficient for domestic use. For a business, it is advised to choose a faster processor. Additionally, memory can be found on a scale with NAS usually containing 128 Mb of memory of which it is sometimes possible to add to later in the memory module.

Storage capacity is determined by the hard drive connected to the server. Certain NASs have more disk array space to receive different types of hard drives that can work with RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). Working with the types of servers, you have the choice between different types of RAID.

Internet Administration:

NAS is linked to the internet and set up directly from a web browser. The administrator creates a password giving users access to the server. The interfaces are generally self-explanatory and easy to use, but even with more advanced functions the NAS remains easy to use.

A personal cloud

Today, to be able to have permanent access to certain data is essential. Even far from home, you can instantly access and modify your personal data.