Data is a critical asset these days. Without access to your data, people and companies may not be able to work. For companies this means they can’t provide their customers with the level of service desired. Poor customer service, loss of sales or team collaboration problems are all examples of what can happen when information is not available to teams within a company. For home users, it might mean you can’t access your documents, pictures or other valuable data.
What is NAS?
A Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is a storage device connected to a network that allows storage and retrieval of data from a centralised location for authorised network users and heterogeneous clients. NAS devices are flexible and scale-out, meaning that as you need additional storage, you can add on to what you have.
A NAS is like having a private cloud in your home or office. It’s faster, less expensive and provides all the benefits of a public cloud onsite, giving you complete control.
NAS devices are perfect for home use and small businesses because they are:
- Simple to operate
- Lower cost
- Easy to use for back up of data, so it’s always accessible when you need it
- Good at centralising data storage in a safe, reliable way
With a NAS device, data is continually accessible, making it easy for employees to collaborate, respond to customers in a timely fashion, and promptly follow up on sales or other issues because information is in one place. Because a NAS device is like a private cloud, data may be accessed remotely using a network connection, meaning employees can work anywhere and any time.
Key functionality of a NAS device
Access data that is stored on NAS anytime anywhere. This includes documents, movies, music, pictures etc etc. At home/office this means your Windows/Mac/Linux system has fast access to data stored on the NAS. If the NAS is connected and setup for internet access, data will be available anytime and anywhere.
Files and folders can also easily and safely shared with other people over secure internet (HTTPS), password-protected sharing links, and expiration time.
Centralising storage means that a NAS can index all of your your data with lean, highly integrated, and swift search engines. Which performs deep indexation of all your files, so you can rapidly find everything with a few keystrokes.
With customizable and expandable storage space, A NAS is a perfect choice for backing up any device, whether it’s a Windows computer, Mac, or other devices. Each NAS manufacture will include it’s own backup solution, but most NAS systems also work with native Windows/Mac backup solutions such as Apple Time Machine and Windows Backup.
These backup products support realtime, incremental backups. This means that once a initial backup is complete, the system makes incremental updates as files are added or modified, so the latest version is always safe and sound, without impacting system performance. file version history saves point-in-time copies of each file, allowing you to go back in time and recover files that were overwritten or accidentally deleted.
All in one server
Modern NAS systems allow you to install comprehensive applications and services on your NAS, whenever you need them. These applications include :
- Various multi-media solutions to share photos, videos, and music. Using intuitive browser-based interfaces, you can access multimedia content anytime, anywhere.
- Cloud and file syncing. NAS private cloud solutions lets sync data between various devices and commercial cloud options. This enables users to work anytime anywhere and have even greater data reliability.
- Office productivity. Get more done on documents and spreadsheets, streamline projects with powerful communication tools, set up a private mail solution, and more. All applications run on your NAS, allowing for complete privacy and control over your data.
If after reading the above you believe that you should see if a NAS Device can help you with your backup processes or productivity, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your specific situation and see if and how we can help you to improve your setup.