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The ultimate network-attached storage guide

Last updated:May 2015

Editor's note

When looking to simplify expanding network storage, network-attached storage (NAS) devices are a popular choice. Among its numerous benefits, NAS offers high scalability and dependable performance. We've gathered a wide range of expert content from our sites to create this network-attached storage guide that digs into the technology, explains where it works best and details purchasing considerations.

The use of NAS for virtual storage is showing increased adoption because the technology provides solid performance for companies with smaller budgets. But the never-ending need for more storage can lead to NAS sprawl. To combat this situation, data storage administrators can implement scale-out NAS, NAS management tools and file virtualization.

While NAS setup is simple by design, you need to ensure your deployment is easy and free of snags or setbacks. From the pros and cons of clustered NAS systems to architectural options, this guide to network-attached storage offers tips for smooth sailing.

1Evaluating clustered NAS systems

Clustered NAS systems have large file systems that can scale to hundreds of terabytes of capacity. In this section, discover the questions you should ask when evaluating a clustered network-attached storage system and read about the dangers of NAS sprawl

2Scale-up NAS and scale-out NAS

When it comes to NAS, does a traditional scale-up approach work best or is scale-out the better choice? In this portion of the network-attached storage guide, we look at the pros and cons of each scaling technique.

3Improve your knowledge of NAS systems

The following articles will help you to gain a better insight into the factors you should evaluate in a NAS offering, why network-attached storage works better than other architectures and how to configure a NAS system.

4NAS definitions

No network-attached storage guide worth its salt is complete without a list of definitions.

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