Finding the Right NAS for Your Business

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Storage in your mobile devices and PC’s fill up with data faster than ever. The most common solution is to externally backload your files and data to an external hard-drive. But, yet leaving the hard drive in the office will render the files inaccessible to you or anyone else. Also, if you need anyone else to access those files you will need setup a software utility on you PC to allow outside users to gain access to those stored files. The easy and convenient fix is Network Attached storage device (NAS). A Nas is a high-capacity storage device that bridges two networks like your home and works enabling you to have full control over your files. You can also designate users to access files on their PC’s or mobile devices, without the hassle of sharing drives and plug-ins.

Finding the right NAS for your Business

Once you’ve made the conclusion that you need ulterior access to your information.  You need to figure out what kind of files you are sharing and what you want to do with them. Sharing access to files such as presentations, Word documents and spreadsheets is a common function for a NAS. And if you’re using a NAS for backing up HD videos, media libraries, and blueprints to laptops on a home network you’ll need something much more powerful.

Another factor in your decision is how much storage you need. The base model NAS will have space equal to one internal hard drive. More sophisticated devices will carry space for 3 or even 8 more drives to add on to the device. For backing up an entire financial firm with 10 users using a NAS with 2TB would be sufficient. For a digital marketing firm with 10 users who are using heavy graphics and HD video, you might need a much more functionality and wiggle room with storage.

NAS Connectivity Features

Your NAS can serve files to multiple devices and workstations over a wired LAN or Wi-Fi network. Most will connect to your router via ethernet. There are a few NAS devices that even feature their own Wi-Fi connection, most file back-ups and transfers occur directly through your router, right to your home and office.

Managed IT support can help you make the major consideration of finding the right network backup solution.  No matter how complex it may be there is always a NAS device that will grow with your organizational needs. A service provider backup and recovery process provides business continuity for all, keeping your entire network covered.