Learn all about NAS

Storage can be added to a LAN through dedicated disk-based storage units called network-attached storage (NAS) devices. In this handbook you'll learn about NAS systems, NAS device interconnects, NAS implementation tips and RFPs for NAS systems.

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In this handbook, you will learn all about network-attached storage -- what a NAS system consists of, what the common NAS device interconnects are, how to implement NAS systems most efficiently and how to create an RFP for an enterprise NAS unit.

NAS basics

Learn how NAS systems came to be prominent components of many storage environments.

NAS planning

There are many considerations that go into choosing a NAS solution. Find out the best way to plan for NAS implementation.

NAS protocols

This section explains why NAS protocols are considered the "language" of a NAS system.

NAS interconnections

Learn about Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, and how to choose between the two.

Creating an RFP for NAS

Learn what to include on an RFP for a NAS system, so that you can get the most out of your NAS purchase.

Related NAS information:

NAS Upgrades buying guide

High-performance NAS explained

About the author: Tory Skyers is a senior systems engineer for Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, an independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Inc. He frequently speaks at conferences such as Storage Decisions and also contributes regularly to SearchStorage.com's blog called Storage Soup.

This was first published in April 2008

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