With the increasing demand for networking of content,the analysts predict that the demand for enterprise network storage will hugely rise within 5 years and will account for 75% of all computer hardware expenditures. To meet the challenge of explosive content demands, some technology improvement is done over the period and there are few technology shifts IT professionals consider while developing an enterprise storage strategy which are Network Attached Storage (NAS), Direct Attached Storage (DAS), and Storage Area Networks (SAN). Let’s understand what the purpose of each of these.
Network Attached Storage (NAS): It is a method to store common data on a network.While many people think that NAS is only designed for businesses but actually it can be a great solution for home networking as well. A NAS device is simply a small box which consists of a hard drive, a network card and a simple operating system. This network storage syatem is designed to host one or more hard drives.NAS devices are simple to use as they have limited features and capabilities. Normally a NAS device works over TCP/IP and can be easily integrated into home computer networks.
Direct Attached Storage (DAS): It is another network storage method in which one computer or server gets directly attached to another one without any special support. In an enterprise, providing a storage system that can be shared by multiple computers and their users has become more efficient and easier to manage due to this. DAS is still very popular because it is easy to deploy and its initial cost of deployment is quite low comparing to other storage solution.
Storage Area Networks (SAN): It is a network storage system which is similar but distinct from network attached storage technology. It is a type of local area network (LAN) which is intended to handle large data transfers. SAN storage technology are designed to supports data storage, recovery and replication on business networks utilizing high-end servers, multiple disk arrays and fiber channel interconnection technology.
So, if you’re looking for an economical, easy, efficient,and platform independent method to store your large amount of data, then these network storage system would be ideal way for you!