Network Attached Storage systems
Almost all computer users will at some time or other run out of
storage space on their hard drive. Companies who have many users,
have networks to allow sharing of information, and common storage
areas for ease of backup and administation - but with the daily increase
in the amount of data each user will generate, network administrators
find themselves continuously battling to add more storage to their
infrastructure. This would have previously involved taking
a server offline, stripping it down and adding more disk drives.
This is not an ideal situation as it disrupts network traffic, risks
server integrity and results in "many eggs - one basket" strategies.
The better solution is to "bolt-on" extra external storage
modules as and when you need them. Stand alone units which only
require power and a network connection to operate - Network Attached
Storage, or NAS as its often known.