NAS hardware Definitions

  • D

    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.

  • M

    multiprotocol storage

    Multiprotocol storage, also known as unified or federated storage, supports protocols traditionally associated with SAN block-based and NAS file-based storage in a single device.

  • 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.

  • network-attached storage (NAS)

    Network-attached storage uses a standard Ethernet connection to provide network nodes with file-based shared storage services.

  • P

    Panasas

    Panasas is a scale-out NAS (network-attached storage) vendor that produces hardware and software for demanding technical and enterprise environments.

  • pNFS (Parallel NFS)

    The Parallel Network File System (pNFS) is part of the NFS v4.1 protocol that allows compute clients to access storage devices directly and in parallel.

  • Q

    QNAP Systems Inc. (Quality Network Appliance Provider Systems Inc.)

    QNAP Systems Inc. is a Taiwanese-based storage vendor specializing in hardware systems for file sharing, storage management, virtualization and cloud services as well as surveillance applications for home and businesses.

  • U

    unified storage (multiprotocol storage)

    Unified storage -- sometimes called network unified storage or multiprotocol storage -- is a storage system that runs and manages files and applications from a single device.

  • W

    Windows Storage Server 2012

    Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 (WSS 2012) is a platform for network-attached storage (NAS ) appliances and iSCSI storage systems.

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