The role of Network Attached Storage(NAS) is to simplify the storage needs of a business. By doing this the performance improves and thereby the efficiency of the network is enhanced multifold. The NAS is an all purpose device that can take care of attaching itself to the network and provide the necessary backup and access to the people within the network. The data within the NAS setup can be transferred using standard network protocols like TCP/IP or IPX. NAS devices follow a highly streamlined architecture. The main aim of NAS is to dish out files to clients in a heterogeneous network setting. The server takes care of server related activities while the storage aims at offering access and backup of data. Since the work load is bifurcated the server bandwidth is increased drastically.

Using Network Attached Storage, data can be accessed uniformly within a network. Separating server and storage is the best solution to reduce downtime and other server related glitches, thereby improving performance to a large extent. File input/output activities can be made faster with storage resources being exclusive. Any business organization can save on money and time by using NAS storage devices. Even during server downtime files can be accessed in a NAS system. The reason being NAS operates independently of network servers and thereby files are available even during server downtime. A common storage pool is provided by NAS where all servers and clients can share data irrespective of the operating system and file system.

Data is transferred from LAN system to NAS device by just plugging in the device. The hardware recognizes the software and the data access is established. The user need not invest in additional software or client licenses as all this is provided by NAS. This system ensures an ultimate storage solution for your complete network environment. Adding new storage is not cumbersome as the network can well adapt to the system. Within minutes new storage can be added or removed according to the convenience of the user. This can be done either by plugging onto the system or by using Ethernet connection incase of a wireless NAS device.

The greatest advantage of using Network Attached Storage devices is that managing them is so convenient. There is no need to be present physically to set right a NAS appliance. This can be done over the internet using a web browser or even management tools. Understanding and administering NAS is so simple that there is no need to take special training. Even sharing information from other network environment is possible with NAS resources. The cost incurred in buying external storage devices can be cut down with the usage of NAS devices. Since they are cost effective depending on the usage, additional NAS devices can be supplemented.

Source: Network Attached Storage

Author's Bio: 

Arthur Jacob is a published author and has written various articles concerning the Network Attached Storage, external hard drives and more.