The Web-enabled access allows the NAS boxes
to act as a personal cloud, letting users access files remotely using a variety of connected devices, including ultrabook computers, smartphones, tablets and laptops.
The user must assign an IP address for the NAS box
and configure it over the network (set permissions and structuring the drives).
Last year sales of low-end NAS boxes
costing between $5,000 and $25,000 grew by 41%, according to IDC, compared to a shrinkage of 14% across the NAS market as a whole.
However, in large enterprises, which typically have vast quantities of stored data, NAS is not a practical solution: the movement of data among NAS boxes
or storage devices consumes much of the precious bandwidth of the LANs to which they are attached, slowing down those networks considerably.
Because EMC does not offer a mid-range NAS box
, some of those resellers will have turned to other storage vendors to complete deals, he said.
Compatibility-tested with top NAS box
manufacturers and optimised for power and performance, WD Red hard drives are now shipping in 3.5-inch 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities, the company said.
With both DAS and NAS solutions, all data movement associated with adding additional captive storage or a new NAS box
requires the administrator to manually move and balance data amongst the servers.
It installs with a single click, deploys like a NAS box
, facilitates better data protection, and supports a lot more apps than just file sharing when used with a MeghaWare CloudTop.
Exchange can run successfully on a NAS box
if users meet stringent technical requirements and are willing to live without Microsoft support for their Exchange databases.
When a second NAS box
is added, the administrator must once again set up network shares and inform users of its existence so that they can mount/map to it.