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  • Can I use a PC server as a NAS device?


  • Connecting a hard drive to NAS

    Our NAS expert Randy Kerns answers this question, posed by one of our readers: "How would I take an ordinary hard drive and create a network attached storage (NAS) hard drive instead of buying an external hard drive?" 

  • NICs in NAS systems

    NAS expert Randy Kerns answers the question: "Is it typical, when using a NAS appliance, that a host/server would have 2xNICs installed?" 

  • NAS vs. DAS

    NAS expert Randy Kerns offers advice to a reader who is considering whether to use NAS or DAS. 

  • NAS appliance vs. homegrown file server

    NAS expert Randy Kerns outlines why he believes purchasing a vendor offering of a NAS product has advantages over rolling your own file server. 

About NAS hardware

NAS appliances bring simplicity to file management and network storage. NAS appliances include their own dedicated disks for storage and RAID. NAS appliances can be upgraded with more or larger disks for additional storage space. It's easy to add NAS appliances to the storage environment, so easy that NAS sprawl may become a problem.