SAN vs NAS
*SAN and NAS are two different storage systems; difference between them is the cost and complexity to use and operate the storage system.
Today’s technology has advanced so much that it has made our lives a lot easier and comfortable to live in. Information technology has helped us become more effective and efficient in every aspect of day-to-day work. Everything has gone digital now, in the past people used to do their work manually and on papers and saving and organizing all of it was very difficult but now technology has made it all so simpler and easy for us to use. Advancement in the technology takes it a step further by innovating technology and even catered to our increasing needs of storing and processing large volumes of information and data. After direct storage, storage area network and network-attached storage have been introduced to make our computing related experiences more accessible.
SAN or Storage Area Network is a storage device, which can be described as a network of storage disks. Storage area networks are designed to handle large data transfers and for it, SAN connects multiple server systems to one main storage disk. Storage area network simplifies administration tasks and makes it easier to handle and treat all of company’s storage. Storage area network helps its users to access high speed usability which makes working effective and efficient. With storage area network sharing data from various machines is now possible which help is saving time ad efforts of its users and helps to increase storage capacity utilization. Storage area networks use the technology of fiber channel fabrics which are specially designed for the communication storage needs. Storage area networks are faster and reliable to access than other storage devices.
NAS or Network-Attached Storages are remote storage devices, which are lower in cost, easier to use and administer than storage network devices. Network-attached storages provide better security and have increased reliability and availability, faster data access, simple configuration and better performance than other storage devices. Network-attached storages cut server costs and reduce connectivity cost, which makes it efficient and effective and increases manageability for storing data. Network-attached storage is a convenient way to storing data and information while sharing files between many computers.
Difference between SAN and NAS
Network-attached storage is less costly than Storage area networks for its users to handle and operate.
Network-attached storage uses TCP/IP network protocol and applications such as NFS or CIFS for file access.
Managing Network-attached storage is a lot easier than Storage area networks.
Storage area networks can cater to a large scale of users but Network-attached storage cannot but the change is coming.
Network-attached storages are efficient for organizing and delivering data to clients over the network and data can be transferred over long distances efficiently.
The major difference between the two storage networks is the cost and complexity to use and operate the storage system.
Our world and technology is constantly changing and all the time we have to keep up with the latest innovation and technology. Network-attached storage and Storage area network are the today’s technologies which is helping us with our work and making our lives easier in order to save time, efforts, money and skills.