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This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 10 February 2010
With file storage sprouting up like weeds, data storage shops are grappling with managing multiple disparate NAS systems. But you can fight NAS sprawl with a number of technologies. At the end of 2008, Framingham, Mass.-based research firm IDC reported that for the first time ever, more data was stored on network-attached storage (NAS) systems or filers than on storage-area network (SAN) storage. In addition, IDC's more recent forecasts predict an acceleration of this trend. It's not only the number of files growing, but their size as well. All of this translates into more installed NAS systems. Adding more NAS systems is an understandable reaction to file growth as network-attached storage systems are typically self-contained and preconfigured for rapid installation, and are easy to implement, operate, manage and use. But most traditional NAS systems are also silos, so they contribute to NAS sprawl. The consequences of NAS sprawl can be summed up by the often-repeated adage, "I loved my first NAS filer, I really liked my second...
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