Data is a critical asset for companies today. Without access to their data, companies may not be able to provide their customers with the level of service desired. Poor customer service, loss of sales or team collaboration problems are all examples of what can happen when information is not available to teams within a company.
Additionally, when it comes to data storage, small businesses find themselves faced with other issues, such as needing their storage solution to be:
- Lower cost
- Easy to operate (many small businesses do not have IT staff)
- Capable of growing alongside their storage needs
That’s where Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices come in. NAS devices are rapidly becoming popular with enterprise and small businesses in many industries as an effective, scalable, low-cost storage solution.
The term NAS describes storage devices that can be accessed over a network connection rather than being directly connected to a computer or mobile device. More simply put, NAS devices enable multiple computers to share the same storage space all at once. Recently, NAS devices have also been describe as “Personal Clouds”.
Why Choose Network Attached Storage (NAS)?
External Hard Drives are a great way to quickly and conveniently create additional storage via a simple USB connection to your computer. However such devices are often restricted to use at the specific computer to which they’re connected and by the specific person using that computer. All good and well, but what if you need to share the content and files?
The answer lies in Network Attached Storage. Instead of connecting directly to an individual desktop or laptop computer, a NAS server connects to your wireless router. This effectively allows multiple users from multiple computers to access and share the content and files stored on it. Just one copy of your files, in one accessible place!
A NAS is like having a private cloud in the office. It’s faster, less expensive and provides all the benefits of a public cloud onsite, giving you complete control.
NAS devices are perfect for small businesses because they are:
- Simple to operate, a dedicated IT professional is often not required
- Lower cost
- Easy to use for back up of data, so it’s always accessible when you need it
- Good at centralising data storage in a safe, reliable way
With more scattered storage arrangements, small businesses may suffer from:
- Data being out of sync
- Reliability and accessibility issues if storage goes down (NAS devices can easily be used for back up, helping ensure your data is constantly at your fingertips when you need it)
- Delays in responding to customer service requests or sales queries
Origin Storage recommends looking through our Thecus range of NAS devices for Small businesses and Home usage.