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Enterprise Network Storage Disk Arrays

Enterprise Network Storage Disk Arrays

Say you have a studio where you work on photographs and video. The longer your business runs, the more data you need to store and eventually you will need a storage upgrade. To mitigate scalability problems in these scenarios, a network attached storage (NAS) system is your best bet at working efficiently while being able to expand your data storage capacity.

Types of NAS

NAS enclosures range in capacity and price; basically, the more drives it can accommodate, the higher its price. The most expensive kinds mount into a server cabinet. These can house up to 12 hard disk drives (HDDs), so you can have terabytes of data storage at your disposal. The smallest, most affordable ones can house anywhere from one to four drives simultaneously. All these enclosures connect to a wired or wireless router so anyone connected to the network can access the data inside.


Before you buy a NAS, think about the long term. If you foresee needing your own server cabinet in the future, invest early in a bay enclosure previously mentioned. For home or small business use, a 4-bay NAS should be sufficient especially considering that you can get 8 TB HDDs nowadays.

Operating System

Many NAS enclosures from reputable brands have their own operating systems that manage the uploaded data. Other enterprise storage disk arrays even have corresponding mobile applications that allow you to manage and stream data as well as configure settings on the fly. You can also access these controls via a web browser for convenience.


USB 3.0 enterprise network storage arrays allow you to connect an additional storage device, such as an external hard drive enclosure or a USB thumb drive, so you can share its contents to those connected to your network. Lastly, consider the interface of the NAS. Your old IDE hard drives will not be compatible with NAS enclosures that accommodate only SATA drives.

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