As with any storage solution, data capacity is a primary concern and although you may not buy all the storage you need from the outset, expandability is a key requirement. Any NAS server installation is a futile exercise if you don’t have the ability to store and serve all the data your business or home users anticipate using in an efficient manner.
Although the capacity for storage is the motivating factor for a NAS server purchase, connectivity is almost as important and in some enterprises, it is most important. The idea of attaching storage to your network first came about when people realised a centralised storage and retrieval solution would better server multiple users.
Home NAS Server Solutions
Most homes function with nothing more than a one or two terabytes connected to a network router and even with multiple devices connected. That’s because even low end NAS drives have access times that can deliver at speeds of around 40mb/s and many are much faster. For a better idea of the low versus high-end speeds available, check out the Dell NAS server range. The thing to remember is that content size is growing all the time. So if HD video seems to eat up data and bandwidth now, you can expect storage space to disappear at an alarming rate in the very near future when we start streaming Ultra HD content.
Enterprise NAS Solutions
Most enterprises rarely stream video from their network storage, but that doesn’t mean that connectivity and transfer rate is any less important. In fact, it’s quite the opposite because an enterprise NAS server is more likely to have multiple connections at any one time and that will make transfer times much more function critical than a home NAS that can operate with a sudo-simultaneous process.
That’s why transfer speed is much more critical to a business than storage capacity because you can always upgrade capacity, but when data is stored in a location on your network that chokes up when under load, the storage ceases to function as it needs to and is of no use. However, the best transfer speeds on any mass storage device in the market today comes with Solid State Drives (SSD). The main disadvantage of using a SSD solution is the cost per gigabyte and that is what currently makes them impractical to connect to a network unless you are only retrieving minimal data with each transfer.
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