NAS Devices

While small businesses may most often rely on cloud-based servers, they may have a need to store large amounts of data locally. Businesses that often perform video editing will not be to tolerate cloud server upload and download speeds. Cloud storage can also become prohibitively expensive.

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices are available for around $500 that can hold up to 64 TB of data. They usually come with file management software. NAS devices may have RAID arrays (redundant array of independent disks) which allow for immediate access to data if one disk fails. RAID arrays should not be used for data back-ups because they are configured to synch updates made on one disk to the others automatically.