What is NAS?
Network-attached storage (NAS) involves using a network-connected, file-level storage server to provide data access to heterogeneous clients.
NAS systems are networked appliances containing storage drives that provide file-based storage services to devices throughout a network. This architecture allows other servers to avoid the task of serving data to other servers on the network, which occurs with Direct-attached Storage (DAS). To a client OS, NAS appears to be a file system. In contrast, a Storage Area Network (SAN) appears as a disk drive to the client OS.
NAS offers a performance advantage over DAS in a number of use cases, particularly when multiple devices need to access storage. This results from the ability to precisely tune an NAS device for file serving. Depending on network traffic factors and storage communication protocol preferences, NAS may also be more effective than SAN for some workloads.
HPE NAS solutions
Drive value to your organization with the right infrastructure for unstructured data. HPE file and object storage solutions span your needs, from affordable NAS to durable petabyte-scale storage.
Simplify the deployment and management associated with file and application storage for small and midsize businesses, branch office, and workgroup environments. Easily and economically support large numbers of users and store growing volumes of files.
Efficiently serve thousands of users and multiple workloads with a powerful breed of optimized, efficient, secure and highly available gateways that can be used with any size SAN. Cluster configs save time, money, and provide persistent data access.
Modern scale-out NAS for hot and warm machine and application data with up-to-the-minute analytics for actionable data management.
Speak with an HPE NAS expert about how we can help you address your storage challenges.
1 IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Tracker 2016Q1, product brand in units for price bands 1 to 3 combined for calendar year 2015