When deciding on what storage needs that would be best for your business, you should first take into thought of what kind of information your organization will generate, along with knowing how fast the organization has grown over the past few years. When looking into purchasing any type of storage system you may want to invest into one that can balance with your needs for now and the years following, and it should be time to double the size of your purchase (Ray, 2008).
What evaluating your current storage needs and you find that it may not be growing and is pretty consistent from period to period; you may be satisfied with going with a traditional file server. For this scenario it would go perfect for a small business. But for your business you should consider a network-attached storage, for short NAS, solution.
A network attached storage (NAS) is a hard disk storage that is set up with its own network address rather than being attached to the department computer that is serving applications to a networkÃÂs workstation users (Storage Technology, 2008).
With a NAS device it is attached to a LAN and is assigned an IP address. The files that are requested are mapped by the main server to the NAS file server.
With this suggestion it will give you a heads up on the type of data storage systems that is available. In reality no matter what device you invest in, make certain that your data is always backed up and can be recovered. By doing so you will be covered by any information that was lost in an event of a disaster, accidental data loss, or hacker attack (Ray, 2008).
ReferenceRay, Ramon (2008) Intel Business Exchange, Choosing the Right Local Data Storage Option for Your Business.