Companies still rely on good ol’ NAS

Traditional network-attached storage (NAS) is still the go-to for 81% of respondents in our new survey. And they want more: 51% will add an average of 10 new NAS boxes in 2012.

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Traditional network-attached storage (NAS) is still the go-to for 81% of respondents in our new survey. And they want more: 51% will add an average of 10 new NAS boxes in 2012.

With all the talk about growing file capacity and new technologies that are supposed to handle all that data more elegantly, 81% of the companies in our recent survey say they’re using traditional network-attached storage (NAS). And we’re not talking just a NAS here or there: on average, those companies have 13 separate NAS systems installed, hosting an average total capacity of 258 TB. Thirty-eight percent of respondents say their NAS is bundled into multiprotocol systems that combine a storage-area network (SAN) and NAS, a choice that’s growing in popularity. However it’s packaged, our NAS users want even more, with 51% saying they’ll add an average of 10 new NAS boxes in 2012. Putting user shares on NAS is the most widely used application (86%), but they’re also used for non-critical apps (53%), hosting virtual servers (47%) and even mission-critical applications (43%). Among the non-NASers, 43% don’t see a need for shared networked storage, 30% are looking to deploy NAS this year and 17% are sticking with SAN.

NAS utilization

Reasons why NAS not implemented

Applications on NAS devices

Firms running NAS on 10 Gbps Ethernet

 

“We are a small shop and use a low-cost virtual SAN . . . Not high performance, but cheap, reliable and fast enough.”  —Survey respondent

 

BIO: Rich Castagna is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in April 2012

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