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Evaluate your knowledge of NAS protocols and performance

Are you a NAS nerd or a NAS neophyte? Take our

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test and evaluate your knowledge of NAS protocols, NAS interconnects and more. This final exam isn't for the weak, so you might want to do a bit of studying first by checking out our NAS All-in-One Guide. All of the answers can be found in its content. (Note: Type all answers using uppercase.)



  1.  The newest interconnect for NAS devices is high-bandwidth and low-latency.
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  2. The emergence of this technology came about as a result of poor NAS management.
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  3.  This is the best-documented NAS interconnect for connecting. 
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  4.  This connection offers a way for you to attach your NAS to your SAN.
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  5.  You'll want to use this type of protocol in a Windows-heavy environment or when cross-platform compatibility is paramount. 
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  6.  This type of storage combines multiple arrays or controllers to increase performance, capacity or reliability. 
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  7.  The goal of this is to boil your vendor choices down to a manageable few, then pit those vendors in a battle based on features you outline as important.
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  8.  

    This type of system offers far more Ethernet ports than traditional NAS systems.
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  9.  Although is has been used for years in SANs as a cheaper alternative to Fibre Channel, this protocol is new to NAS, and provides block-level access to storage. 
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  10.  This is prominent in clustered NAS systems because all nodes in the cluster can concurrently share the same pool of storage, allowing nodes to act independently or together. 
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Score card

  • 10 correct: You're a NAS nerd
  • 7-9 correct: You're NAS notable
  • 4-6 correct: You've got NAS, but no nerve
  • 0-3 correct: You're still a NAS neophyte


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This was first published in May 2008

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