When you start a project that requires storage, you might decide to buy a few network-attached storage (NAS) systems. Managing two or three NAS systems might not be too difficult; it might require some time, but it is not a super complex task. But what happens when the projects start growing, and instead of three NAS systems, you need seven, ten, twenty, or even more? And what happens when you want to provide your users with a cloud-like experience? All of a sudden, managing the NAS systems becomes a very complex and time-consuming task.
Disadvantages of Multiple NAS Systems
Using and managing several NAS systems can quickly become a waste of resources. One reason is that you can’t share the hardware resources; some users might not use all of their disk space available to them, while others might be running out of space. Another reason is the downtime for maintenance; because NAS systems’ firmware needs to be kept up to date, this could translate to wasted time. When you have to update ten individual systems, although, for a good reason, it can be very time-consuming and interrupts the users’ workflow.
On the user’s end, if they need more performance or more capacity, they can’t instantly get it. Users usually need to file a ticket requesting an upgrade to their current system. When that’s the case, the user needs to wait for their request to be processed and approved and hope that whatever they requested is available. Then, IT needs to set up the system, which is a manual process. All of this takes time, and even if the process is very efficient, it can’t be compared to getting a virtual machine in the cloud.
On top of all that, you also need to protect your data, and for these NAS systems, data protection needs human attention. Having a lot of data in many different places can increase the risk of losing some of it or all of it! Your data can be compromised in several ways, such as multiple drives inside a NAS system being defective or something just breaking. Therefore, you need to monitor all your systems closely.
What does NAS Consolidation mean?
NAS consolidation refers to the process of replacing several NAS systems with a unified, more efficient system. With NAS consolidation, you don’t have individual systems in several places, but instead, you get something like a virtual system.
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