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Businesses use NAS or Network-Attached Storage for managing, storing, and transferring files and data within the organization. However, is your NAS enough in the face of technical issues and network disasters?
To ensure that your data is protected and that you can restore it in case of any problems, you will need an adequate backup strategy alongside your NAS system.
Different NAS Device Categories
First things first, there are three NAS device categories based on drive capacity, drive support and scalability:
This category is considered as the high-end option. It is specially designed to accommodate the needs of a large business or enterprise that requires large quantities of data. Enterprise NAS can provide rapid access and NAS clustering capabilities to its users.
This category is suitable for businesses that need several hundred terabytes (TB) of data to operate. NAS devices under this category cannot be clustered.
This category is the most affordable option, but it is only suitable for small businesses and home users that need local shared storage.
Reasons Why You Need NAS Backup
Your NAS devices keep important data and documents necessary for your company's daily operations. You need a NAS backup to ensure that you will still be able to operate in case of a device failure, human error, and/or a natural disaster.
Here are the reasons why you should set up a NAS backup solution for your business:
You cannot afford to lose critical data.
Maybe your company has the funds to fix glitches or repair devices, but money cannot fix your reputation if any data issue occurs.
On top of that, NAS devices hold valuable business assets. So even if you do manage to fix a glitch or repair your devices, recovering lost data will not be easy and permanent data loss can be fatal.
NAS is not a backup solution.
NAS is not a backup solution and people need to stop treating it like one. NAS is vulnerable to all sorts of threats such as flood, fire, device failure, and physical damage.
You need a safety net from collaboration and syncing errors.
If multiple users have access to view and edit files, some changes are bound to get overwritten. That said, you can't guarantee that every single revision applied is correct-- and worse, what if someone accidentally deletes a file.
NAS backup can help ensure that you have access to file version histories that will enable the team to recover a deleted file or revert to a previous version of any file you need.
Types of NAS Backup Solutions
Here are the common types of NAS Backup:
Online data backup, as the name suggests, saves your data online or on cloud storage. Cloud storage is reliable and accessible for your network users.
NAS-Based Data Replication
This type of backup creates a duplicate copy of the data stored on your NAS devices at a second NAS device. Some use the combination of local and remote replication in which they can replicate the data to a cloud service or a device in a remote data center.
Network Data Management Protocol Backup
Network Data Management Protocol or NDMP Backup is a protocol specifically designed to allow NAS devices to send data directly to home backup servers across the network without using backup client intervention.
NDMP backup allows the backup servers to communicate directly with your NAS devices.
Network-based backup is the traditional backup option for NAS. This type of backup requires backup agents installed on all the servers that access storage on a NAS device. Your data will be sent to a home backup server across the network.
Although the traditional client-server backup strategy still works in this time and age--- this approach is not the most efficient backup option. Network-based backup increases network traffic because data needs to travel on the network from the NAS devices to the client, then from the client to the home backup server.
Your network storage plays a critical role in keeping your business running. It also keeps important business-related data and files safe. However, your NAS setup needs a backup for several reasons. Your NAS devices and servers are vulnerable to hardware failures, human error, and natural disasters. Your best chance for a quick recovery is to have a backup ready in case any issue arises.