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Top five tips for choosing a network attached storage device

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices offer a number of benefits, but also present some challenges. To help you start the New Year off on the right foot, and make sense of the latest network attached storage device technologies, we’ve gathered our top five network attached storage device tips. Learn about how to choose the best SMB NAS system, using NAS devices in a virtualized server environment, the difference between scale-up and scale-out NAS, NAS best practices for SMBs, and whether free storage software is worth the risk, and more in this collection of tips.

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Users say choosing the best SMB NAS system has gotten a little easier

The NAS market for small to mid-sized businesses these days is pretty broad, and you can find any number of large and small vendors willing to provide a range of capable and affordable SMB network attached storage devices. This piece offers an overview of the market to help you choose the right network attached storage device for your organization's needs.

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Using NAS storage devices in a virtualized server environment

For the most part, network-attached storage devices in a virtualized server environment function similarly to block storage devices, but their architecture present some limitations. By way of example, if you want to boot directly from a shared storage device and aren't using local storage on your local host, you'll need a storage resource other than a network-attached storage system.

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Scale-up vs. scale-out network-attached storage

As documents, spreadsheets, photos and videos drive the raging stream of unstructured data, many IT shops are forced to spend more time focusing on their file-based storage infrastructure. As a result, these organizations find themselves faced with a crucial decision: Traditional network attached storage device or scale-out NAS? There are pros and cons to both, and you’ll want to do your homework before making the decision.

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NAS best practices: Tips on small business NAS devices

Network-attached storage devices can help organizations cope with expanding networks. Plus, many NAS offerings now include enterprise-like features for the SMB universe. This tip can help you out with some NAS best practices before you deploy a NAS system.

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Is free storage software worth the risk?

Traditional file servers are an expensive proposition. The server hardware, server license and client access license costs can run the total cost of the project above and beyond that which an SMB can afford. Yet, free server and storage software may sound tempting, but isn’t always the right solution. Here are some insights to help you decide whether free storage software is the best option for your organization.

This was first published in November 2011

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