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Is NAS sufficient to consolidate data?

I have a client with two clustered Windows 2000 file servers. Gigabit Ethernet has lately been implemented in the LAN. These two file servers contain mostly AutoCAD drawing files that the engineers often retrieve and edit. Do you think NAS is sufficient to consolidate the data or SAN will be a better solution?

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The NAS solution should be sufficient and is preferable from a file-sharing standpoint. File serving was developed for sharing of engineering file originally and has expanded in usage since. The NAS appliance is a specialized form of file serving and should work very effectively for you CAD file-sharing requirements.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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This was first published in November 2002

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