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Can you provide any tips for consolidating NAS boxes?

Some of the things to look at would be to examine your data types and to consolidate it based on the different types of data stored on your file-sharing environments. The other thing to look at would be how this data is accessed and what are some of the data access profiles.

Some of the things to look at would be to examine your data types and to consolidate it based on the different types of data stored on your file-sharing environments. The other thing to look at would be how this data is accessed and what are some of the data access profiles.

For example, is this accessed on a daily basis, accessed once in a while or accessed in an ad hoc manner? So classifying data in a loose sense would allow you to consolidate it based on its profile.

The other thing to do is to take a stock of how this data is accessed. Is it accessed on a single network in a corporate office or is it accessed by remote connections? If they're remote connections, look at how having a file-sharing environment in a single home office can benefit remote offices.

Lastly, look at how much you are willing to invest in a single NAS solution that is a one-size-fits-all approach. It might just turn out that consolidation is an expensive option if you're going to invest all of it in one shot.

You may look at a tiered solution or a pay-as-you-go solution, which will allow you to start small, and as you start migrating stuff to the new environment you can grow. That way you're not making a huge initial investment and you have a chance to try it before you invest.

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