No doubt you have done a lot of research regarding the different storage options that are available if you are managing your own IT infrastructure within a private data center. Since no two IT infrastructures are ever alike storage solutions vary considerably based on the needs and requirements of your company. Before you decide on a specific storage solution, gaining a little bit of knowledge and understanding regarding storage technology may be quite helpful.

Choosing the Right Storage

When it comes to data storage solutions, you have two primary options. They can be used in conjunction with one another or as standalone options depending on what your specific needs are. These are Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Storage Area Networks (SAN) and are broken down as follows:

  • An NAS or Network Attached Storage system consists of an Ethernet connection, one or multiple hard drives, and an OS or operating system. This type of data storage, system enables you to access a network and share files by connecting to your network. NAS operates at the file level.
  • An SAN or Storage Area Network is a series of storage devices that operates at high speed while at the same time connecting to other server-based storage devices. Data storage is easily accessed running applications on networked servers. A SAN is comprised of multiple data blocks.

The decision on the type of data storage solution that you select will depend on a number of factors including your budget, the data that you need to store, scalability concerns and issues, and your usage habits.

Consider the Benefits

Small and medium sized businesses can benefit from NAS products and solutions because it enables them to back-up all their files and centralize them in one location. Here is what you can do with an NAS data storage solution:

  • add more capacity cost-effectively
  • back up your data automatically and continuously
  • share capacity with others
  • share networked USB printers
  • use your current network to access and store files from Mac’s and PC’s

With an SAN, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • adds flexibility and simplifies storage administration
  • data storage whenever and wherever you want
  • disaster recovery processes can be enabled quicker and easier
  • other servers are able to boot up from the SAN
  • utilized by more than one server at the same time

We know that choosing the right data storage solution for small and medium sized businesses can be difficult especially when attempting to find one that is not only cost-effective by cost-efficient as well. We would like to be your one-stop data storage solution provider. If you have any questions regarding an NAS or SAN data storage solution or would like more information about our company, please contact Cloud1 Networks today. Our technical experts are available round the clock to help you with your IT problems, offering comprehensive services and quality maintenance. Whether it is about data storage or regular maintenance of your business networking issues, we can do it and more.

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