When To Use NAS And When To Use SAN

When it comes to running a business, we all know how important it is to have one centralized place to securely store and access data. But it isn’t always so easy to find the right method to do so.

That’s why we’re here. We want to help you find the most secure, affordable and easy-to-use technology. 

Basically, you have two options to choose from: storage area network technology (SAN) or a network-attached storage technology (NAS). Both types of servers have their benefits, but there’s always one that’s better suited to your needs. Here’s a guide to help you decide which one would be best for you and your team.

Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

An NAS server connects to a local area network, typically through an Ethernet cable. It’s an ideal system for those who are looking to: 

  • Simplify. NAS technology is a single system that handles data storage and distribution. That means both security and data management is consolidated and simpler for people with different levels of experience to operate.
  • Manage a remote team. That simplicity translates to accessibility as well. While your NAS server will remain in one place, you get to determine who can access it and where they can reach it. NAS offers an easy way for multiple users in diverse locations to access data, which is good for teams that don’t work in the same office.
  • Save money. Prices vary based on size and storage options, but NAS servers — both new and used — are almost always less expensive than SAN alternatives. Even if you’re just starting your business, you can likely find one in your price range.

Storage Area Network (SAN)

A SAN server is a local network of several devices. SAN is significantly more complex than NAS and is typically used by larger companies with ample IT staff. It’s highly effective, though, and good for those who want to:

  • Access data fast. By providing an external hard drive of sorts, SAN servers free up individual computers to operate smoother and faster. Despite its location — physical or virtual — users can access files quickly and securely. 
  • Work with large files. That also means users can work on larger files, like video and audio, without having to worry about truncating or buffering.
  • Grow their business. SAN technology is also easy to grow, which makes it perfect for those looking to expand their team and digital capabilities. IT staff can easily alter performance and capacity to adjust to their individual office needs.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the difference between NAS and SAN technology, you can shop with more confidence. But as you shop around, consider both new and used servers. A used server can pack just as much power as a new one and often comes with comparable warranties.

Whether you decide on SAN or NAS, Aventis Systems can help. Every server comes with a Standard 3-year Aventis Essentials warranty to ensure the highest quality assurance with upgrades available to Express NBD and Extended Term. Reach out and speak with one of our highly-trained professionals today.