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What is NAS and DAS?

First what does NAS and DAS mean? NAS stands for Network-attached Storage and DAS stands for Direct-attached storage don't get confused between these two as there are some key differences.

 

What is NAS?

NAS (Network-attached Storage) is a computing device that can be attached anywhere on the network, these devices are primarily used to store files, but can be used for many more things.

Advantages of using NAS.

  • NAS systems can be accessed easily over a network and allows support for multiple user’s connection simultaneously.
  • Entry level NAS systems are quite inexpensive allowing small and medium businesses to take advantage of the devices.
  • NAS systems can support RAID making sure that disk failures do not result in data loss.
  • NAS systems come with a GUI web based management console.
  • capable of supporting high throughputs as they use Ethernet based networks and TCP/IP protocol to transfer data.
  • Capable of CCTV surveillance.

Disadvantages of using NAS

  • Packet drops and network congestion are inevitable, so the performance and architecture of the IP networks are very important.

What is DAS?

DAS (Direct-attached Storage) is a system that connects directly the to person computer therefore increasing the storage capacity of the single system, as the system is attached to the computer the files are unable to be shared between users without physical access to the device.

Advantages of using DAS.

  • High speed data transfer rates as not using the network.
  • Low initial costs, an investment in a DAS can meet the needs of a small organization for a period of time.

Disadvantages of using DAS.

  • A key disadvantage if the limited scalability, adaptors can only supports a limited number of drives. in environments with rapidly increasing storage requirements or tringent up-time requirements, DAS may not be the right choice.
  • Only useable by one computer, requires physical access to the device for sharing.
 

What one should you choose?

A key rule to remember when picking between NAS and DAS should be what am I going to use this for in the future? Although a DAS is very good for small companies between 1-5 people they just wouldn't be productive or viable in bigger companies and if you are looking to expand your companies NAS would be the way to go.

You might be thinking what about cloud based storage such as "Dropbox" and "Google Drive" surely they will have all I need to create backups and share files. The answer to that is yes they do have the capability to do these things but, do you really trust your data to the cloud where it can be spied upon, deleted, hacked or stolen? 

Obviously you want the most secure and capable device possible for your business or even for home use, therefore we believe that NAS is the best route for almost anyone looking for security, share ability, scalability and capability.