• Panasas' HPC file system does Windows

    Panasas replaces open source Samba components with Microsoft Windows SMB/CIFS to broaden the appeal of its high-performance NAS appliance.

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    Our eighth Quality Awards survey on the best NAS storage systems had Dell besting the enterprise group and Hitachi topping the midrange.

  • direct-attached storage (DAS)

    Direct-attached storage (DAS) is computer storage that is directly attached to one computer or server and is not, without special support, directly accessible to other ones.

  • ZFS

    ZFS is a local file system and logical volume manager created by Sun Microsystems Inc. for highly scalable storage.

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  • direct-attached storage (DAS)

    Direct-attached storage (DAS) is computer storage that is directly attached to one computer or server and is not, without special support, directly accessible to other ones. 

  • ZFS

    ZFS is a local file system and logical volume manager created by Sun Microsystems Inc. for highly scalable storage. 

  • file storage

    File storage, also called file-level storage, or file-based storage is a type of storage that stores data in a hierarchical structure. 

  • GlusterFS (Gluster File System)

    The Gluster File System (GlusterFS) is an open source distributed file system that can scale out in building-block fashion to store multiple petabytes of data. 

  • scale-out storage

    Scale-out storage is a network-attached storage (NAS) architecture in which the total amount of disk space can be expanded as needed, even if some of the new drives reside in other storage arrays. If and when a given array reaches its storage limit, ... 

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  • network-attached storage (NAS)

    Network-attached storage (NAS) is a dedicated hard disk storage device that provides file-based data storage services to other devices on the network. 

  • Windows Storage Server 2012

    Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 (WSS 2012) is a platform for network-attached storage (NAS ) appliances and iSCSI storage systems. 

  • NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol)

    NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) is an open protocol used to control data backup and recovery communications between primary and secondary storage in a heterogeneous network environment. 

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About NAS management

NAS management demands impose a high level of management overhead for storage managers. Find resources on how to manage NAS on this topic page.