Our readers showed a big interest in NAS content again this year, spurred on by the growing trend of file virtualization. Our top NAS tip of the year detailed how to choose a file virtualization appliance. According to Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst with the StorageIO Group, the No. 1 factor generating interest in NAS is the proliferation of unstructured data. It is estimated that word documents, email, MP3s, video and other types of unstructured data make up approximately 85% of a typical business' information. The need to manage this data cost-effectively makes NAS, with its built-in data management capabilities, attractive to a lot of shops.
Below are the top five NAS tips of 2007, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as file virtualization, NAS data migration, NAS aggregators, and more.
- Choosing a file virtualization appliance
There are five factors to consider before you select and implement a file virtualization appliance.
- Migrating data in NAS gateway configurations
Learn about the pros and cons of the different approaches for migrating data between NAS gateway systems.
- How to adapt NAS to your needs
Learn how to customize a NAS system by choosing the right NAS accessories for your needs.
- Choosing a low-end NAS product
Low-end NAS boxes are enticing because of their low price point, but they may lack the management capabilities that storage administrators are used to.
- How to choose a NAS aggregator
The installation of a NAS aggregator is no more complicated than adding a NAS gateway. But first you need to make decisions about the structure of your new NAS environment.