Cloud Computer week 2

Here we are, week 2 of BSIT 375.

In researching some comparisons of NAS and Cloud Computing I came across some information that I would like to share.  There are some features that are kind of must haves in regards to building NAS as your type of storage for your company.

  1. Security – Your NAS will be storing confidential company data, consider the use of SSL to protect the Web management interface a bare minimum.
  2. Power Consumption – Because your NAS is likely to be switched on 24/7, energy starts becoming more important in the way of environmental impact and your electricity bill.
  3. iSCSI Support – An increasing number of NAS come with iSCSI support, making this a de facto feature.
  4. Ability to sync/backup to another NAS – Storing a copy of the data with another NAS at another physical location is invaluable in ensuring data survivability.
  5. Multi-functional Capabilities – Extra features built into a NAS can be very useful.  The availability of FTP services can be used for staging and transferring large files across the Internet – with the right firewall configuration. The ability to host Web files can be used to host internal websites or intranet portals.
  6. Deduplication – Depending on the compression ratio gained and preferred backup regime, this might be invaluable to some Small/Medium Business.
  7. On-board, hardware-accelerated encryption –  If possible, opt for NAS with on-board encryption support that can perform encryption at much faster speeds. Encryption is the best defense against vendors or business partners simply walking away with one of the companies hard drives.
  8. Support for syncing with cloud storage – This allows your business to do without configuring a firewall or VPN that is required for NAS-to-NAS backups. With that some cloud-based services have high levels of redundancy, which can reinforce data survivability a second layer of backup for data.

All of these are items to look into if you company is going to be using a NAS as its primary source of data storage and access.  Do you feel like there were any items that I missed?  Please feel free to let me know on the discussion board.  Thank you.

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