NAS (network attached storage) servers are starting to become a main staple piece of technology that's being used not only in the workplace, but they're showing up in a lot of homes as well. Many system builders who download and play tons of video games are using NAS servers to store all of their gaming content. The NAS server is not only used for the sole purpose of storing video games, it's real purpose is to store and share documents in your area network, but for the most part, nowadays the network attached storage is being used as a media server that will give myself and anyone access to videos, music files and games.
Now that I've rambled on about my need for the NAS server, for the technical idiots upon reading this article you're probably asking what exactly is a Network Attached Storage you ask? Its basically a external hard drive on steroids, except the device has a series of Ethernet ports that allows for multiple devices to access the same data over the Internet. This enables users to create efficient means to manage data, along with backing up essential information, porn not included. NAS in a nutshell, is basically a centralized storage server that usually contains up to 3 or more hard drives and in these hard drives is where you backup your data.
There is a specific need to have a NAS server in my home, I've accumulated a vast archive of video and music files, pictures, huge catalog of games and documents. I normally don't store most of my data on cloud base storage unless it's pictures I've taken on my trustee smartphone, though there is claims of implementation of high of security from these services, I for the most part have grave trust issues, enough to not want to put important files in the cloud. I want to be able access my data such as media files upon demand within confines of my home network.
With the said, here's five benefits of having a NAS server in my home, and they are.....
Can Add Extra Storage Space
Adding a Network Attached Server to my home will definitely afford me more storage space to my computers capacity. Some NAS servers can carry up to 8 (TB) of storage. I can have a wide range of storage options that can give me the ability store enormous amount of files that include video, games, pictures, etc. Having a NAS server in my home will allow my family or whomever full access to certain media files that includes gaming content, music and video files.
Data Transfer and Network Access With Ease
The network attached storage will allow me to create a area network of computers for the sole purpose of efficiently transferring data and ensure some reliability to my network access. I can attach not only my computer to the NAS server, but I can attach my gaming console, setup box and my home theater system.
Ability To Share
If there is one benefit of purchasing a NAS server, it would be for its sharing capabilities. I can play a movie on my computer but watch it in another room. The NAS will allow me create a hub where multiple people can access and share any media files that includes movies, music and images.
Automatic Backing Up Of My Files
There are several NAS servers that come with software that enables for automatic backing up of files. With a NAS server in my home, copies of my folders can exist on both an individual computer, and on my servers hard drive. This is all done two ways,either through Ethernet connection or connective WiFi. This adds a great deal of functionality and security.
I Can Configure My NAS with Little Complications
The NAS server itself looks rather intimidatingly hard to configure, but believe it or not, these devices pretty much works itself. Probably the only difficulty I'll face is setting it up. Most NAS servers do not have a dedicated keyboard or or monitor, the majority of all configurations and data managing is perform through online, web browser-based software application. This will allow me to configure servers running time, power usage, bandwidth usage, password protection , encryption and most important, how many users are allowed to use my NAS server.