Network-Attached Storage Devices

Best Network-Attached Storage Devices include:

DiskStation and FreeNAS.

Network-Attached Storage Devices TrustMap

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Network-Attached Storage Devices Overview

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 SANs can be used for structured data. NAS data is typically stored either 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. The low price and scalability of NAS systems make them a popular choice for small businesses.

Network-Attached Storage Features & Capabilities

NAS systems have varied features depending on their size and the type of storage they use, but there are a few features that are endemic to most NAS solutions.

  • Centralized data storage

  • Disaster recovery

  • Network data access

  • Data loss security

  • Deduplication

  • Data Encryption

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 $100. Adding more advanced features and storage space can increase prices to well over $1,000. Custom NAS systems can also be purchased, and are quoted by vendors depending on the requirements.

Network-Attached Storage Products

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IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)
7 ratings
14 reviews
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.
HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
12 ratings
8 reviews
HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a flash storage option, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Synology DiskStation
16 ratings
7 reviews
DiskStation is a line of network-attached storage (NAS) solutions from Synology headquartered in Taiwan.
NetApp FAS series
29 ratings
7 reviews
NetApp's FAS series systems offers a storage array system for enterprises.
Dell EMC PowerScale (EMC Isilon)
13 ratings
4 reviews
Dell Technologies presents Dell EMC 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 EMC in 2010; so…
12 ratings
4 reviews
FreeNAS is an open source operating system that allows nearly any hardware serve as a network-attached storage device. It was developed by iXsystems.
CTERA Edge X Series (Cloud Storage Gateways)
0 ratings
1 review
Israeli company CTERA offers a cloud storage gateway and NAS appliance the Edge X Series.
Oracle ZFS
3 ratings
1 review
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.
Acronis Files Connect
5 ratings
1 review
Acronis Files Connect provides the rich experience Mac users demand when connecting to Windows or NAS file servers.
0 ratings
1 review
QNAP offers a wide array of network-attached storage units for SMBs, home, and enterprise.
Hitachi Network Attached Storage Platform (HNAS)
Hitachi Vantara offers network-attached storage (NAS) via the Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS).
Ciphertex CX
Ciphertex CX, from Ciphertex Data Security in Chatsworth, California is a line of secure storage appliances.
Hitachi BlueArc Mercury (Discontinued)
Hitachi Vantara acquired BlueArc in 2011 for the BlueArc Mercury NAS system. BlueArc Mercury is no longer available to new customers.
HP StorageWorks X9000
HP StorageWorks X9000 is a network storage system from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
NetApp V-Series
NetApp V-Series is a backup and storage solution from global company NetApp.
Panasas ActiveStor
Panasas in Sunnyvale, California offers ActiveStor, a network-attached storage (NAS) option.
HPE StoreEasy 1000 Storage
HPE StoreEasy 1000 Storage is a network-attached storage option from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
HP StorageWorks Scalable NAS
HP StorageWorks Scalable NAS is a network-attached storage option.
IBM System Storage N Series
IBM System Storage N Series is an enterprise storage option.
Oracle Pillar Axiom 600
Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 is a storage system.
IBM Scale-out File Services System
IBM SoFS is a grid-based NAS from IBM.
SnapServer NAS
Overland Tanberg (a Sphere 3D company) offers the SnapServer line of network-attached storage (NAS) appliances.
French company OVH offers their high availability network-attached storage, NAS-HA.
QCT, a Quanta Computer company headquartered in San Jose, offers the MESOS CB220 network-attached storage (NAS) appliances.
TrueNAS is a network-attached storage featuring all-flash and hybrid storage editions, from iXsystems headquartered in San Jose.