One of the biggest IT challenges small business face today is reliable and cost effective data storage. It’s hard to justify spending thousands on servers and backup appliances when you only have 5-10 computers. Today we’ll look into a cost effective alternative which is perfect for smaller networks.

Enter the NAS device
Let start with a brief description of what a NAS devices is.

NAS stands for Network Attached Storage, and the name really says it all. In essence, a NAS devices is just a small server with one primary function. It provides centralized data storage which is accessible over a network. Since a NAS device only serves one function, the underlying computer hardware doesn’t have to be top of the range. This translates into BIG cost savings!

For a small network of 5 computers, you can implement a NAS device for under R5000.00!

What are the benefits of centralized data storage?
One of the biggest benefits of centralized storage, is the easy of which you can backup your data. Since all of your data is stored on one device, only one device will need to be backed up!
A modern NAS device is capable of running fully automated backups which means there less room for human error. These backups can be stored on USB hard drives or a secondary NAS device.

Other benefits include ease of collaboration, ease of moving data across your network and most importantly, peace of mind!

Local backs vs. remote backups
When using a NAS device there are two options for backing up your data.

The first method makes use of UBS hard drives. Using 2 USB drives, you will have reliable and easily accessible backups. As the drives will be rotated daily, you can safely store a copy of your backup offsite. For greater data retention, you simply add more drives into your roster.

The second option involves having your local NAS device backup its data to a secondary offsite NAS device. As a result, you remove the need to rotate backup drives. Also, it means that should your primary NAS device fail, you will have backup device ready for deployment. This drastically reduces recovery times!

For ultimate data security you can merge both backup methods. Starting off with NAS to NAS backups, followed up with backing up the secondary NAS to USB drives.

Contact us today and get started on your path to data security!