You’ve probably seen a number of different options when searching for servers. Trying to make sense of it all can be a bit confusing.
One of the options you’ve most likely read about during your search is Network Attached Storage, commonly referred to as NAS. This may have you wondering; what is the difference between a NAS and a server? The simple answer is they are one in the same. NAS is a file server that delivers files to users across a shared network. Each user connects to the server and as they request files the server delivers them from a shared database on the server.
Network attached storage comes in a variety of different form factors. These devices can range from small desktop devices to enterprise class servers that are rack mounted in a server room. No matter which type of NAS you choose, the basic functionality of a server will be available. What separates the different types of NAS servers is the amount of storage they can hold and if they provide any additional features.
When choosing a NAS server make sure to do your research and find out what type of NAS will best suit your needs while staying within your budget.