When looking to simplify expanding network storage, network-attached storage (NAS) devices are a popular choice. Among its numerous benefits, NAS offers high scalability and dependable performance. We've gathered a wide range of expert content from our sites to create this network-attached storage guide that digs into the technology, explains where it works best and details purchasing considerations.
The use of NAS for virtual storage is showing increased adoption because the technology provides solid performance for companies with smaller budgets. But the never-ending need for more storage can lead to NAS sprawl. To combat this situation, data storage administrators can implement scale-out NAS, NAS management tools and file virtualization.
While NAS setup is simple by design, you need to ensure your deployment is easy and free of snags or setbacks. From the pros and cons of clustered NAS systems to architectural options, this guide to network-attached storage offers tips for smooth sailing.
NAS in virtual environments
With low costs and reliable performance, network-attached storage has become an increasingly popular option for virtualization. Despite some advanced features that lag behind those of Fibre Channel (FC) and iSCSI, the flexible nature of NAS makes it a contender in the virtualized storage space.
Some newer hyper-converged products allow organizations to leverage their investment in NAS and still take advantage of server-side storage. Continue Reading
Choosing between FC, iSCSI and NAS for your virtual storage can be a challenge. Learn the pros and cons of each approach, and how to decide which one is best suited to your environment. Continue Reading
If you're using NAS appliances in your virtualization efforts, you'll need to factor in a number of design considerations and think about potential growth that could lead to I/O bottlenecks. Continue Reading
Evaluating clustered NAS systems
Clustered NAS systems have large file systems that can scale to hundreds of terabytes of capacity. In this section, discover the questions you should ask when evaluating a clustered network-attached storage system and read about the dangers of NAS sprawl
Before you invest in a clustered NAS product, you need to do your homework and make a detailed list of your storage requirements. Here are 10 questions to ask a vendor to ensure its product is a match for your environment. Continue Reading
There's a lot less effort required to manage clustered NAS implementations vs. multiple NAS devices. We compare the two technologies based on scalability and other features. Continue Reading
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Scale-up NAS and scale-out NAS
When it comes to NAS, does a traditional scale-up approach work best or is scale-out the better choice? In this portion of the network-attached storage guide, we look at the pros and cons of each scaling technique.
This tutorial explores the various use cases for scale-up and scale-out NAS in your computing environment. Continue Reading
Improve your knowledge of NAS systems
The following articles will help you to gain a better insight into the factors you should evaluate in a NAS offering, why network-attached storage works better than other architectures and how to configure a NAS system.
No network-attached storage guide worth its salt is complete without a list of definitions.