Dorion, Pierre
April 2007
Storage Magazine;Apr2007, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p14
The article offers technical pointers for buying network-attached storage (NAS) device instead of a personal computer (PC) or server. A NAS device is a multiprotocol network storage appliance with an operating system optimized for file services. Unlike a traditional PC-based file server, a NAS system can either act as a Fibre Channel (FC) or Internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) storage array. Like a PC, it can present network shares via common Internet file system (CIFS) or network file system (NFS) but allows access to disk storage via iSCSI or FC. NAS also has data protection features such as snapshots and replication. One can deploy a NAS gateway as an interface to the storage area network (SAN) disk if one already has a central storage array or SAN.


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