Network Attached Storage Devices

Network Attached Storage Devices Overview

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices contain a server or a server cluster on a LAN specializing in file serving and sharing, which can be accessed remotely by any number of clients on the network or outside it. A NAS array can be used to host a private cloud for backup and disaster recovery, ensuring that many users may access the same files.

NAS allows easy access to a large amount of data on a network for a low price compared to alternatives. This ease of access allows for remote collaborations on NAS archived documents. Unstructured data such as websites and audio/video files can be stored on NAS systems, while other solutions, such as Storage Area Netoworks (SANs), can be used for structured data. NAS data is typically stored on hard disk drives or using flash storage. Some systems use both, leveraging the flash storage to handle multiple users requesting data at once.

NAS systems are scalable based on the needs of the organization. Systems can be so small they are practical for individual users, or scaled up to handle file archiving and sharing for enterprises. NAS systems' low price and scalability make them a popular choice for small businesses.

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TrueNAS
Customer Verified

TrueNAS is a network-attached storage featuring all-flash and hybrid storage editions, from iXsystems headquartered in San Jose.

Synology DiskStation

DiskStation is a line of network-attached storage (NAS) solutions from Synology headquartered in Taiwan.

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

IBM Storwize is a family of recognized all-flash and hybrid storage solutions designed to support the virtualization needs and application workloads of mid-sized enterprises.

NetApp FAS series

NetApp's FAS series systems offers a storage array system for enterprises.

HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage

HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a flash storage option, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

FreeNAS

FreeNAS is an open source operating system that allows nearly any hardware serve as a network-attached storage device. It was developed by iXsystems.

Dell PowerScale

Dell Technologies presents Dell PowerScale (replacing EMC Isilon) as a scale-out NAS solution and server technology that provides the flexibility of a software-defined architecture with accelerated hardware innovations to harness the value of data. Isilon Systems was acquired by…

QNAP NAS

QNAP offers a wide array of network-attached storage units for SMBs, home, and enterprise.

Acronis Files Connect

Acronis Files Connect provides the rich experience Mac users demand when connecting to Windows or NAS file servers.

Oracle ZFS

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is designed to power diverse workloads so users efficiently consolidate legacy storage systems and achieve universal application acceleration and reliable data protection for data.

Nasuni

The Nasuni File Data Platform is a cloud-native suite of services offering user productivity, business continuity, data intelligence, cloud choice, and simplified global infrastructure. The platform and its add-on services replace traditional file infrastructure, including network…

NetApp V-Series

NetApp V-Series is a backup and storage solution from global company NetApp.

CTERA Edge X Series (Cloud Storage Gateways)

Israeli company CTERA offers a cloud storage gateway and NAS appliance the Edge X Series.

Wasabi Object Storage

Wasabi Technologies headquartered in Boston offers "hot cloud storage," object storage available pay-as-you-go as well as reserved capacity storage which they describe as tier free, and easily manageable. Additionally, Wasabi offers a Cloud NAS option, designed to be "hands free"…

DDN IntelliFlash

DDN offers the IntelliFlash flash array storage option based on technology developed by Tegile. The solution was owned and supported by Western Digital since August 2017, and later acquired by DDN (DataDirect Networks) in 2019.

Arcserve OneXafe

Arcserve OneXafe (formerly by StorageCraft) is a high performance scale-out file storage appliance, replacing the former Exablox line of scale-out devices acquired by Arcserve in January 2017 to boost that company's product line.

Oracle Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems

Oracle's Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems are enterprise class storage systems which the vendor emphasizes offers efficiency, scalability and ease-of-use via integrated management tools.

Cloudian HyperFile NAS

Cloudian offers HyperFile NAS, a scale-out NAS which delivers scalable enterprise file services, on-prem. Together with Cloudian HyperStore®, HyperFile provides a cost-effective solution for capacity-intensive, less frequently used files.

MESOS CB220

QCT, a Quanta Computer company headquartered in San Jose, offers the MESOS CB220 network-attached storage (NAS) appliances.

Buurst SoftNAS

Buurst SoftNAS is an enterprise virtual software NAS available for AWS, Azure, and VMware that provides NAS features in the cloud with a virtual software appliance. Boasting low cloud storage cost fees, SoftNAS is available with 2-factor authentication, Bulk data migration from on-…

Huawei Cloud Scalable File Service (SFS)

Scalable File Service (SFS), on Huawei Cloud, is a network-attached storage (NAS) service that boasts scalable high-performance file storage. With SFS, shared access can be achieved among multiple ECSs, BMSs, and containers created on CCE and CCI.

Dell PowerVault NX Series

Dell's PowerVault NX Series combines PowerEdge technology with Windows Storage Server 2016 for ready-to-deploy network-attached storage (NAS) appliances.

Ciphertex CX

Ciphertex CX, from Ciphertex Data Security in Chatsworth, California is a line of secure storage appliances.

IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage

IBM offers Scale Out Network Attached Storage (NAS).

LaCie NAS

LaCie headquartered in Paris offers network-attached storage (NAS).

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What are Network Attached Storage Devices?

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices contain a server or a server cluster on a LAN specializing in file serving and sharing, which can be accessed remotely by any number of clients on the network or outside it. A NAS array can be used to host a private cloud for backup and disaster recovery, ensuring that many users may access the same files.

NAS allows easy access to a large amount of data on a network for a low price compared to alternatives. This ease of access allows for remote collaborations on NAS archived documents. Unstructured data such as websites and audio/video files can be stored on NAS systems, while other solutions, such as Storage Area Netoworks (SANs), can be used for structured data. NAS data is typically stored on hard disk drives or using flash storage. Some systems use both, leveraging the flash storage to handle multiple users requesting data at once.

NAS systems are scalable based on the needs of the organization. Systems can be so small they are practical for individual users, or scaled up to handle file archiving and sharing for enterprises. NAS systems' low price and scalability make them a popular choice for small businesses.

Network Attached Storage Devices Features

Most products in the Network Attached Storage Devices have the following features:

  • Centralized data storage
  • Disaster recovery
  • Network data access
  • Data loss security
  • RAID controller
  • Redundant power supply
  • Deduplication
  • Data Encryption

Network Attached Storage Device Companies Comparison

When comparing solutions offered by Network Attached Storage device companies, businesses should consider the following factors:

Storage Capacity: Prospective buyers of a NAS system need to consider the amount of storage they will require both now and in the future. For businesses that don’t expect their need for storage to grow, they should consider basic NAS models. Businesses that expect their data needs to grow should consider multi-bay devices. These devices offer flexibility for growing businesses, they provide the storage capacity of an organization, as well as room to increase storage as it grows.

Power Consumption: Like most IT systems, a NAS requires a significant amount of power to run and provide 24/7 avaliability. Every NAS comes with varying levels of power consumption, and it's important that businesses consider this. Before purchasing, businesses should understand the level of power their infrastructure can provide, as well as how much they’d be willing to spend in order to provide power to their NAS system.

On-Premise vs. Cloud: Despite many businesses moving to cloud services, on-premise NAS’ still provide some benefits. For businesses that need very fast access to data, as well as want lower cost per terabyte for storage; on-premise is the best choice. However, if a business is concerned about the availability and recovery of their data they should look into a cloud based NAS. NAS devices paired with cloud storage provide an added layer of redundancy during natural disasters or other catastrophic events that can’t be provided by an on-premise solution.

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Pricing Information

Pricing for NAS systems depends on the amount of data storage needed, as well as how the data is stored (hard-disk, hybrid, or all-flash storage). Businesses with small data needs can set up a NAS private cloud for as low as $150. Businesses with more advanced features and storage space can expect to spend over $1,000. Many NAS companies will provide custom solutions.

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Network Attached Storage Devices Best Of Awards

The following Network Attached Storage Devices offer award-winning customer relationships, feature sets, and value for price. Learn more about our Winter Best Of Awards methodology here.

Best Of Winter 2023 Awards Winners for the Network Attached Storage category. For Best Relationship, first place is TrueNAS. For Best Feature Set, first place is TrueNAS. For Best Value, first place is TrueNAS.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to Network Attached Storage devices do?

A Network Storage Storage Device (NAS) is a specialized storage tool utilized for accessing files across an entire network. NAS systems contain one or more storage drives, and are often arranged into logical, redundant storage containers known as a RAID. The NAS provides businesses the tools to backup and have a high availability for their files and data.

What are the benefits of using Network Attached Storage Devices?

Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices provide businesses the benefit of high availability for all files and data across their network for all devices to access. Businesses also receive the additional benefit of increased backup capabilities, encryption, and disaster recovery.

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How much do Network Attached Storage devices cost?

Pricing for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices systems can vary depending on the needs of a business. Vendors will price their models based on the amount of data storage needed, as well as how the data is stored (hard-disk, hybrid, or all-flash storage). Businesses with a small data demand can configure a private NAS cloud for as little as $150. Businesses needing more advanced features and storage space will need a more customized NAS, and expect to spend over $1,000.