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Follow these tips before you buy a NAS server

The NAS (Network Attached Storage) or external storage devices connected to a network have gained remarkable popularity in local environments, because they become ideal for storing huge amounts of data and also for the possibility of sharing information from a server to personal devices through a network.

This small, compact box style device allows for multiple internal hard drives with optimal performance and advanced network protection capabilities, scheduled backups, and USB or eSATA external storage devices.

Some NAS support, in addition to conventional hard drives, solid SSD or mixed drives that connect via a network cable to your router so you can get the desired storage capacity.  

The NAS are more than just external mass storage devices connected by network. Besides that remarkable capacity, they have other additional attractions such as the possibility of P2P downloads, Web server (PHP, SQL), FTP server, Media server, Server for network printers, RAID configurations and Integration with various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Mac Os).

There are undoubtedly many NAS models on the market today and although before buying you have to take stock of the budget and performance, in this post we offer you other tips that will be very useful when choosing the NAS that best suits your needs.

Elements to take into account before choosing a NAS

The number of Bays

This feature will let you know how many hard drives you can have for storage. The recommendation is to choose a two-bay NAS or more so you can have different options between them and make RAID configurations to ensure advanced security. This way you can use, for example, one disk with all your information and another one for backups in case you want an extra level of security for that data. Of course the amount of bays will depend on the amount of data you need to store. In case you make systematic backups of your contents, calculate well the space you will need.

Possibility to make RAID

The data storage system, RAID, is a capacity that makes the operating system seeing only one hard drive instead of several different ones. The result is higher HYPERLINK “zim://A/Data_Integrity.html”, higher HYPERLINK “zim://A/Failure_Tolerance.html”, higher performance and higher capacity. RAID options are especially valued in those cases where computers are dedicated to intensive tasks and which in turn require ensuring data integrity in the event of system failure.

But in order to benefit from RAID configurations, the NAS you choose must have at least 2 bays. Depending on whether you want to give extra security to what you save, RAID configurations will also be very useful for you, since through them you can provide the maximum protection to the data we save on a server, and thus you will not lose more valuable data.

Hardware Power

This feature will depend on the use you want to make of the NAS. Some people only choose it to store files, make backups, or private cloud. For these cases you don’t need to pay attention to the power of the hardware, but instead if you are one of the users who need a more advanced use such as for operating system virtualization, then a more powerful model will be better. 

In conclusion, always try to opt for a 2 or 4-bay NAS with good power, as this way you will be able to benefit from almost all the advanced options of these devices: such as backups, RAID configurations, lower fault tolerance and more storage capacity. 

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