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What's NAS?

Posted on Nov 21, 2017 by Brithny to Backup Utility

What is NAS? How backup NAS storage data and how to backup data to NAS?

NAS (Network-attached storage) is file-level computer data storage connected to a computer network providing data access to heterogeneous clients. NAS not only operates as a file server, but is specialized for this task either by its hardware, software, or configuration of those elements. NAS is often made as a computer appliance - a specialized computer built from the ground up for storing and serving files - rather than simply a general purpose computer being used for the role.

NAS devices are gaining popularity, as a convenient method of sharing files among multiple computers. Potential benefits of network-attached storage, compared to file servers, including faster data access, easier administration, and simple configuration.

NAS has emerged as a powerful, proven technology for storing data that needs to be shared in the office or the home. NAS devices enable home and business users to easily share large amounts of data. The following factors are making NAS very popular:

1. Convenience. NAS offers a convenient way for users to add storage to all devices. After adding a high-capacity NAS to a network, all of the devices in the network are able to access and utilize this storage.

2. Backup. NAS devices are commonly used as backup servers. Rather than buying a USB external backup device for every single device in your home or office, a single NAS can be purchased and all computers on the network can backup to the NAS device. Backup software delivers a comprehensive backup solution for both business and home. This completely eliminates the need to walk from PC to PC or laptop when you want to backup or restore data. The NAS will be available on each machine when you backup data to NAS or restore data from NAS.

3. Sharing over the Internet. NAS devices have many technologies that make sharing files easier. NAS offers a simple solution to sharing files, music, photos, etc. You can put an entire family's digital photo collection on a NAS, and all family members can access the photos that are located on this centralized device.