What is NAS? The Benefits of Network Attached Storage

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A network attached storage (NAS) drive is a regular computer hard drive that plugs directly into a computer network, allowing other devices on the network to access the information stored on the drive. NAS has been a hot business tech for many years, and now it’s ready for the home consumer market. Well-known names like Western Digital, Seagate, and Lacie, are now making cheap NAS drives and trying to establish a foothold and battle it out for the home consumer dollar. Now is the best time to get a NAS drive!

NAS drives are becoming increasingly popular in homes due as an alternative to external hard drives. NAS drives can be used to store your photos, music, games, and videos, just like an external hard drive, but at the same time allowing all of your PCs, Laptops, Games Consoles, Televisions, media players and sound systems to access the same content.

Lots of NAS Drives come with the built-in RAID, a technology that allows some disks to appear as one. This is already beneficial, but the primary selling point for using RAID is the redundancy. Some RAID setups can have one of the disks fail and continue to operate. Whenever possible, usually the sooner, the better, you can replace the faulty disk, and the array will be back up to its full running status, without losing all of your data.

The simplest NAS devices are hard drives with an Ethernet port; just plug it into your network, and you’re good to go. Some drives even have USB ports so that you can connect additional hard drives for even more storage. Some drives support FTP and USB printer sharing. Many advanced features are available for the consumer to pay attention when comparing models. Setup is usually handled through a web browser making it easy to create new shares or set up security. If you have a spare hard drive available you can purchase a NAS enclosure for it that will allow you to attach it to your network.

However, Data storage devices in Los Angeles are simple to use for a good reason. They have very robust features and capabilities. In fact, the only thing they can do is accept and distribute files across your local network. For the average home user, however, this is usually enough. So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, comfortable, and convenient and platform independent way to store your vast amounts of data, NAS would be the ideal solution!