Nowadays, so as to manage data more effectively, many prefer network attached storage (NAS) device. It’s actually a mix of external hard drive and cloud storage. In this article, we’ll expose 8 things you must know as buying and using such a device.
My previous article “Why Network Attached Storage Is an Advisable Data Backup Option?” has introduced many advantages about Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. For instance, when you want more storage space, you can just attach one more additional hard drive to this device. In a nutshell, you can benefit a lot from it. But you still should make careful considerations when buying one. Moreover, it is essential to pay attention to your daily operations on it. Now, we’ll unveil the 8 important things when buying and using such a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.
1. NAS Capacity
Without any doubts, you’re using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for a long run. Therefore, the storage capacity is of great importance. You should make sure the number of additional hard drives which Network Attached Storage (NAS) device permits you to attach.
2. Network Connectivity
Moreover, as Network Attached Storage (NAS) works based on network, you need to take network connectivity into consideration. It will directly influence how fast you can get data on and off the device.
3. Backup and Recovery
Although Network Attached Storage (NAS) supports RAID, you should never treat this as data backup. Therefore, you still should back up the data stored in such a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device regularly. In this scenario, a device which support automatic backup will be more recommended.
4. Remote Access and Personal Clouds
One of the most attractive features of Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is that it supports remote access. Thus, you should ensure the performance of the Network Attached Storage (NAS) device in terms of remote access and personal cloud service.
5. NAS Security
Data security is always a concern. Hence, as buying a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, you need to ensure if it offers any security measures, such as file encryption technologies, security measures like firewall and so on.
6. Raid 0 doesn’t support data redundancy
Many users mistakenly think that as NAS device supports RAID configurations, it also provide data redundancy. However, in reality, RAID 0 doesn’t offer any level of data redundancy. That is to say, if one hard disk fails, the entire RAID array will get broken in the Network Attached Storage (NAS).
7. Don’t serve it as backup
Even if you are using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) for a file server, it is still not a backup device in that the device is also prone to fail. At that point, your file will be compromised too, like corrupted Outlook file. Thereby, you should keep backing up your Network Attached Storage (NAS) data.
8. Connect it to an Uninterruptible Power Supply
Furthermore, you’d better not connect Network Attached Storage (NAS) device to your main power supply. Otherwise, in the event of power surges or outages, the device will surely suffer. You are better off equipping it with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupt sql and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com
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