Network Attached Storage is seeing a renaissance of sorts that is helping shed its image as the poor man's SAN. Not only is it becoming the storage option of choice for those too big for individual file servers but too small for full-fledged SAN, but existing SAN houses are finding that a quick NAS deployment is often just what the doctor ordered in light of burgeoning storage demands.
In fact, the latest NAS developments are showing signs of increased intelligence as file and content management sees ever-growing demand among enterprise users.
There's even a growing movement to forge greater integration between NAS and online storage solutions as a means to boost back-up and disaster recovery options for organizations of all sizes.
To be sure, there are those who will always look down their noses at NAS, arguing that it lacks the sophistication of a decked-out SAN. And perhaps that's true. But in terms of an effective business solution that gets the job done at low cost, NAS is pretty hard to beat.