I have a small customer that is looking for around 1 terabyte (TB) of storage to be added to their network. I was looking at using a HP DL380 with a MSA30 and 300 gigabyte (GB) disks. The other option was to use the DL380 storage server (NAS head) with the same MSA30 and drives. What are the performance benefits of network attached storage (NAS) vs. direct attached storage (DAS) in the configuration above?

Requires Free Membership to View

In reality, you're doing remote file serving over the network either way.

One is with a standard server operating as a file server and the other is a NAS device with the Windows Storage Server (WSS) software installed on it. The WSS based NAS device is the better choice for administration, reliability and potentially better performance. Performance depends on what you're doing, so you may or may not see a benefit. WSS has an optimized NFS implementation now.

Go with the NAS device -- the reliability and administrative ease and potential performance benefit make it worth it.

Do you know…

Whether to use a NAS appliance or a homegrown file server?

This was first published in June 2006

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: