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Network Attached Storage Devices – What's Right for your Business?

[our of our Nerds, Jason Quinn, contributed to this post]
Network-Attached Storage devices are very useful and provide a centralized, redundant location for any type of files your staff can access from any computer on the network.
That being said, the network is the backbone, so make sure your router/switch, and other equipment are sufficient to handle the amount of data, or it may be painfully slow to transfer files. In addition, wired connections will be faster than wireless.
That said, here are some our reviews of currently available Network-Attached Storage devices. Please consult with an your Nerd to find the device that best fits your needs.
\"\"Option 1 – Lacie network HDD:  This device appears to be one of the more versatile of the devices we\’ve looked at. It has the option to connect wirelessly (b/g/n) or use Ethernet (10/100/1000). It can also act as wireless router, access point or wireless extender. It also offers three USB ports that can be used to expand storage capacity beyond the included 2 TB. The price is reasonable for all of the options offered. On the negative side, multiple user reviews mention that the setup is not easy, although others state that if you follow the instructions in the manual, the setup isn\’t that bad.
\"\"Option 2 – Seagate GoFlex Mobile: This is probably the least flexible of the NAS options we have seen. It does NOT have an
ethernet port, but does use wireless b/g/n. It also has a battery for
mobility, although the battery is non-user replaceable. It only comes with 500GB of storage, which is significantly less than other comparably priced options. Another downside to this device is that it only spins at 5400 RPM, which will affect read/write times. Something else to consider is its small form factor, which could make physical security of the device an issue, as well as making it easier to lose. On the plus side, it does support USB 3.0.
\"\"Option 3 – LG NAS network hard drive: This drive appears to be a good option for the price. It only utilizes a wired ethernet connection 110/100/1000), but includes 1TB of storage. It can be accessed via a web interface (which also supports HTTPS: for security) and includes a file and ftp server. It also has Active Directory support and user/group management. However, it only uses USB 2.0 and SATA II, so read/write speeds will be slower. However, the price is very affordable, so this is a recommended option.
\"\"Option 4 – D-link DNS320 NAS: The only downfall we can determine in this device is that it doesn\’t include the actual hard drives. It does, however, support RAID 1 for backup purposes. It also supports network printing, gigabyte Ethernet, ftp and file server. Adding terabyte drives will increase the cost. making this an overall pricier option, but with plenty of flexibility. One caveat is that the hard drives must be on the D-link compatibility list. The other possible downfall discovered in some user reviews – you cannot add drives with data on them – they have to be freshly formatted drives.
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note: this post will be updated as we review more NAS devices.

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