NAS devices Definitions

  • A

    autoloader (or stackloader)

    A stackloader (also known as an autoloader) is a tape storage device that automatically loads tape cartridges using a robotic mechanism.

  • C

    CIFS (Common Internet File System)

    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an Internet Protocol-based file-sharing protocol.

  • clustered network-attached storage (clustered NAS)

    A clustered NAS system is a distributed file system that runs concurrently on multiple NAS nodes.

  • D

    desktop NAS

    Desktop NAS (network-attached storage) is a device that stores and serves the file-level data of networked computers.

  • direct-attached storage (DAS)

    Direct-attached storage (DAS) is computer storage that is directly attached to one computer or server and is not, without special support, directly accessible to other ones.

  • F

    file storage

    File storage stores data in a hierarchical structure, usually in a NAS system. The system storing data and the client retrieving data see files and folders in the same format.

  • file system

    A file system is the method an operating system uses to name files and assign them locations for efficient storage and retrieval.

  • file virtualization

    File virtualization is the creation of an abstraction layer between file servers and the clients that access those file servers... (Continued)

  • FreeNAS Project

    The FreeNAS storage operating system is compatible with most major protocols and storage hardware and provides file sharing in a NAS environment.

  • G

    GlusterFS (Gluster File System)

    GlusterFS (Gluster File System) is an open source distributed file system that can scale out in building-block fashion to store multiple petabytes of data.

  • N

    NAS accelerator

    A NAS accelerator (network-attached storage accelerator) is a printed circuit card that offloads TCP/IP processing from a microprocessor.

  • NAS Appliance

    NAS appliances are commodity hardware that includes their own dedicated storage disks and RAID that can easily scale as more capacity is needed.

  • NAS enclosure (network-attached storage enclosure)

    NAS enclosures provide shared storage to all users connected to a network, and vary in models appropriate for home offices to enterprises.

  • NAS filer (network-attached storage filer)

    NAS filers add scalable, expandable storage for file-serving purposes in data sharing, cloud applications, Internet and enterprise networks, in both Fibre Channel SANs and Ethernet LANs.

  • NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol)

    NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) is an open protocol used to control data backup and recovery communications between primary and secondary storage in a heterogeneous network environment.

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