Gone are the days when hard drives were considered to be the best storage solutions, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have turned out to be a game-changer in this industry as they provide users with a lot more features and added functionalities as compared to their outdated counterparts. If you are also planning to make an upgrade to NAS — to get a better storage solution for your home office, a small business group, or a large company, there are a few important things that you need to consider. Though it’s hard to put every consideration because every user has a different requirement and there are NAS devices available to suit virtually every requirement, you must look for -
Capacity – The capacity that is sufficient for you depends on a variety of factors, such as what kind of files you want to save, how many of those you have, and how much space they will take up. Several terabytes, such as 4-8 TB, should be good, but it depends on your needs. QNAP NAS devices and devices from other popular NAS brands, such as Thecus, Netgear, and more offer you a lot of options for storage. To calculate exactly how much capacity suits your requirement, visit this link https://www.qnap.com/i/_event/hdd_space_calculate/?lang_set=en-us.
Number of Users- The choice of NAS also depends on how many people are going to access the system simultaneously, because it will have a direct impact on the transfer speed and machine response time. If less than 10 people are going to use the NAS, a basic level device should do the job. For more users, get a QNAP NAS storage device with a slightly more powerful CPU to ensure fast performance even in a busy network.
Hardware Performance and Features- Different programs have different hardware performance and feature requirements. You need to prioritize your requirements. If the NAS will be used as a virtualization host, your CPU would require more cores to deliver a good performance. If the NAS is going to be used as a media server, you would want a system that is capable of better transcoding media files, such as QNAP NAS TS-x51, TS-x53a, TVS-x71 series.
Techcomp USA has a wide selection of NAS devices available to choose from, from brands like QNAP, Thecus, Synology, Netgear, QSAN, and more. We offer you reliable storage solutions at the best price. Get rid of hard drives and switch to more powerful and feature-loaded NAS devices to maintain a smart and efficient central storage system.