Know The Basics About Network-Attached Storage (NAS)


Let’s start with a relatable scenario; you have a smartphone, a camera and some more multimedia equipment all of which consist of various pictures, videos, music and perhaps important documents yet all of you have to store them is one laptop. The storage space, therefore is bound to get full leaving you with no other option but to use additional space in form of USB or hard drives. But imagine a day when you cannot find them? There’s always to rely on cloud or services like Google Drive but there’s always a risk of third party interference looming over your personal information. Scary right? There’s a better and safer option; Network-attached storage.

What is NAS Server?

NAS is a committed file storage that allows both users (more than one) and heterogenous client devices to utilise data from a common disk capacity. To make it more simple; imagine NAS as multiple hard drives, motherboard, processor and RAM enclosed in a box which can be connected to the user’s router. NAS can be approached by any device (be it laptop or mobile phones) provided that both the device and NAS share a common network. Furthermore, a valid user can also access the server and consequently their data from anywhere they are currently residing in the world.

Functions of a NAS Server

There are many functions that a NAS server can perform. However, it is important to remember there are certain functions that a specific model can carry out and hence it requires little research made at can be beneficial to find the appropriate model.

To begin with, a NAS server can store data and can allow the sharing the access and collaboration of files with others. It is for this reason that many organizations depend on NAS servers to facilitate a dispersed and shared work environment by allowing employees to access files using any device that is connected to the central network.

For more personal approach, NAS can also be used to televise HD videos or backup RAW photos; however this will require a more advanced model.

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