When you have a business and need to choose which storage to use, it can sometimes be a tough task, more especially when it is your first time ever. Data storage systems are mainly; Network-Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Area Network (SAN).

In the following article, we discuss the best data storage system for your business


What to consider when choosing the data storage system to install in your business?

Scalability: this is the amount of data you will probably store in 5 – 10 years to come

Capacity: what is the total amount of data you require to be stored?

Budget: how much are you willing to part with in order to have it installed?

Reliability: what is the effect of your business to survive without files, data, and applications, and what is the outcome if you lose your data?

Backup and recovery: what is the frequency of backing up your files and where do you intend to back them up.


All about NAS (Network-attached storage) and its advantages

Actually, a computer can be considered to be an example of a NAS, only if it serves the purpose of being a file server (sharing files) while connected at the network.

What are the advantages of NAS?

The performance and capacity can be scalable: sometimes, it become a performance problem when there are big virtual deployments. But when using NAS that has advanced features, this is no issue.


It is totally sharable: many ESK deployments easily allow sharing of resources. This will be useful if the business is using virtual environments and features which are classified.


Provision of replication, provisioning, and snapshots advanced features: if you are working on virtual environments, then the features will be of vital importance to you. For instance, the real storage amount availed to virtual hosts can be reduced by thin provisioning. As for snapshots, they permit images from virtual machine to be taken for cloning or data backup purposes.


Economical: it is a type of storage that renders large storage to computers and its users.


Performs a number of duties: these include: restriction to certain documents, folder privileges and allowing permissions.


Storage area networks in a virtual environment (SAN)

As for the SAN, it connectivity is provided through the use of iSCSI protocols or Fibre Channel (FC).


Advantages of SAN

High resilient environments: normally the SAN environments are well covered with dual fabrics, storage arrays, and HBAs.


It has a sharable storage: hardware devices from multiple virtual servers can be able to share resources. Such is a vital advantage in environments of clustered servers.


Avails synchronous replication: this type of replication is not found in the NAS. Normally, such replication is important when planning a strategy of recovering data.


Highly scalable, starting from the performance all the way to capacity: if your business is of servers of large deployments, SAN is the ideal one to ender high standard scaling.


Should you setup a NAS or SAN for your Business?

l Actually, every business depends on its specific needs when it comes to virtual environment. Both are ideal if you are planning to set up a virtual environments of large-scale.

l If your business requires a lot of virtual host cloning, NAs is the best for you.

l If you are in need of high resiliency and availability, SAN is the way to go.