Network Attached Storage NAS servers are mini desktop computers with their operating system acting as a network drive. All users of the local network have access to its content, provided they have the appropriate permissions. NAS servers increase the security of confidential information by restricting access to specific data. Such a NAS server commonly known as a network drive, or cloud home can be connected to your home network via WiFi or an RJ45 network cable.
NAS servers can take the form of:
A free-standing NAS with up to 12 hard drives installed, usually used in a small business.
NAS in a rack enclosure designed for businesses and professional use, often with massive storage whose maximum capacity can reach up to several hundred gigabytes.
File servers are widely used in virtually every industry, this is useful equipment that every major company should have.
The most common applications are:
Devices - a device for creating copies and archiving data from computers or mobile devices. Using the software, we can set its automatic creation.
File sharing - serving as a home or company data storage where users can view multimedia files, text files etc. and download them.
Monitoring camera recorder - IP cameras connected to one local network with NAS can create and save recordings and photos from what they record
Print server - We can use the USB ports on the server and use them to connect the printer and share it with other users.
What to look for when buying?
Operation in RAID mode - An important element of NAS servers is support for RAID arrays. They allow you to create a system of several disks cooperating with each other and it is important because in this way we increase the server's resistance to failure.
Network protocols - It's best if it supports at least a few, but the most universal is the CIFS / SMB protocol because it supports all popular operating systems.
Number of disks - Another important element when choosing our file server will be the number of disks supported. Hard drives are really the heart of our server and depending on our requirements for it, we will have to adjust the number of drawers for our needs.
Permission management - When you buy a server, you should get one that will allow us to create user accounts. In this case, we will be able to set the level of permissions and determine who will have access to individual files.
Security - If you want to protect our data against access by unauthorized users, you should get servers that offer encryption of files stored on disks.
Processor - A powerful processor is essential when several users are using a network drive at the same time.
The most popular NAS are QNAP TS231P Synology Diskstation or Synology ds218. You can find these and other network drives in our Batna24.com store. In our offer you will also find components such as hard drives, network cards and many more.