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What Is Network Storage?
Network storage, in its most basic format, is essentially disk space that can be accessed by authorised users. It can be as simple as a basic NAS (network attached storage), a file server running an operating system such as Window Server, Storage Area Network (SAN) that serves lots of storage requirements or cloud-based storage where data is stored in either a structured or unstructured space hosted by a cloud service provider.
The Benefits of Network Storage
- More Storage Space – Laptop and desktop computers have limited storage, by using a NAS device you can spread the storage capacity across a number of machines and everyone uses the space they need and freeing this up for data hungry users and reducing the need to upgrade individual machines.
- Flawless Collaboration – Gone are the days of emailing documents backwards and forwards with a NAS device your documents are stored in one central location to be easily accessed by anyone.
- Remote Access - The Silver Cloud Business will always ensure that you have access to your files anytime and from anywhere offering greater flexibility and business collaboration opportunities particularly with the increase in home working due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Private Cloud Storage – Cloud storage and the convenience it brings can never be overlooked. For businesses storing sensitive information in a cloud-based system, there is often fear about who has the access to their information. By using a NAS device, it allows efficient cloud-based storage but with the added security of keeping it private.
- Automated Data Backup - Consistent data backup is essential to the continuity of a business, particularly if you have the catastrophic event that your hard disks sustain a crash. When using a NAS device, it is possible to configure automatic backups which will reflect any changes to documents or folders made locally on a PC.
- Cost Effective - With a NAS device you have the benefits of a data storage system as well as a backup system meaning that these two important services are provided in an all-in-one package and there is no need to source these separately.
We Can Help You Choose the Best Network Storage Options for You
Choosing the right NAS device can be daunting. There are many different scenarios in which businesses need a NAS device, and each has different requirements.
You might need a NAS device for simple file serving in a branch office, which means you'll want one with the ability to let users in other offices connect via the internet. Or you might need one in a manufacturing scenario in which something heavy-duty is a necessity. Other things to take into consideration are hardware specifications, operating system (OS) features, and security safeguards.
The Silver Cloud Business can work with you to find the best solution for your business and team you with the best hardware to suit all your individual needs.