NAS Storage – For storing shared data

Having NAS storage allows multiple users access to a shared pool of disk space that can be accessed via network shares and seen as local drive letters on the users PC with access permissions controlled by the NAS.

We provide a wide variety of storage solutions from small two drives systems through to multiple Terabyte storage systems which are ideal if you need to store information for many days, months or years.

The primary difference between NAS storage and iSCSI is that NAS provides shared folders using drive letters and iSCSI provides block-level disk space for use with operating systems.

Depending on the model a NAS storage solution can provide iSCSI, FC and file storage all from the same appliance. In addition to this many of our network attached storage systems also support SAS or SSD drives and a host of networking interfaces.

NAS storage system

A NAS storage solution is very simple to install as set-up is via a web GUI. This alleviates the need to have a dedicated file server for the task as NAS has no software or client licensing costs and integrates with Microsoft Active Directory or Linux LDAP.

It is far easier to buy a network attached storage device that simply connects to your Ethernet network in minutes after a little setting up, can simply be left alone. A NAS is simple to install, easy to manage and very cost effective compared to traditional ways of adding storage.  Network attached storage was originally designed for file sharing rather than running applications, although today many virtualisation can also uses a NAS for storage.  They make useful backup devices too since users can copy the contents of their hard disks whenever it suits them. NAS storage can act as branch office backup devices which can they synchronise data with the HQ.

NAS Functionality

Most NAS storage solutions available today use Linux as the primary operating system to provide some or all of the following functionality.

  • Allows online capacity expansion within the enclosure
  • Backup to Cloud (Amazon S3)
  • Backup/Restore from attached storage (USB/eSATA/iSCSI/RDX/USM)
  • Backup/Restore from remote share (CIFS/NFS)
  • Compression (Support on ZFS file system)
  • Data backup via backup plan/schedule
  • Deduplication (Support on ZFS file system)
  • EXT4 support extends over 16TB
  • HA support Active-Standby mode
  • HA support iSCSI/FC volume
  • HA support Two nodes
  • iSCSI/FC/share volume replication
  • ISO mount
  • Latest volume snapshot technology
  • Select share or file for backup/restore
  • Support Fiber target for Fiber SAN (Optional)
  • Support iSCSI target for IP SAN
  • Support iSCSI initiator
  • Support iSCSI multi-host
  • System configuration backup/restore
  • SSD Caching (Read cache, Support on ZFS file system)
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Volume Clone (EXT3/EXT4/XFS/NTFS/VMFS/ZFS)
  • Volume replication to enhance data protection
  • Volume switch between iSCSI and FC Target

NAS Protocols

Depending on the NAS storage you require many support all of the following protocols:

  • TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, NFS, SNMP, FTP/SFTP/FXP, HTTP, HTTPS,Telnet, SSH, AFP, WebDAV, Bonjour, TFTP

NAS Volume Support

When you first create a disk volume you can choose the type of format most suitable for your system environment

  • EXT3/EXT4/XFS/NTFS/VMFS/ZFS
  • VMware ESXi 5/6.x, iSCSI, FC, NFS, VAAI support
  • WORM (Write Once Read Many) support CIFS/NFS

How can we help?

We provide many different types of NAS storage solutions from 2-bay through to 100+ drives to enable your organisation to grow, deliver data faster and reduce unnecessary expenditure.

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