What is NAS?
Network Attached Storage
So what exactly is this NAS everybody is talking about? NAS stands for Network Attached Storage and began as simply that, a storage volume that was accessible over a network. Over the years NAS has evolved into having all of the features of a common PC-based server. In fact, just one NAS box in the home or small to medium sized business can play the role of what used to require several pieces of hardware, saving both time and money. Here is a short list of the features NAS can provide:
- Centralized backup
- File sharing
- Print sharing
- Remote access
In just one unit, NAS can be a centralized file and print server, backup target, provide remote access to your data and more. Not all NAS is the same, however, and brands like Synology are pushing the limits of what these boxes are capable of. Additional features you’ll find with Synology NAS:
- Photo and Video Sharing with UPnP and DLNA Compliance
- Surveillance system
- iTunes server, iPhone Apps, and Time Machine Support
- Website Hosting
- Expansion enclosures
- US-based support
- And much more. Visit our page for a full list
Synology makes it simple to setup, organize, and manage your data while securing it against drive failure and other threats.
In the home, Synology DiskStations provide peace of mind by backing up family photos, important documents, school projects, and any other data with an easy-to-setup RAID configuration. Remote access allows you to share photos and video with friends and family across the globe through a secure connection. Plug in a few IP cameras to your home network and instantly have a surveillance system to guard both your family and property from theft.
At the office, Synology DiskStations wears many hats; providing a centralized file and print server, backup for Mac/PC/Linux, remote access, and website hosting. Our US-based support means you always just a phone call away from a live person to help address your issue, while our lively Forum community is there for discussion and help. Synology also provides How-to guides and a Wiki with up-to-date walkthroughs and information.
As we continue to produce more and more data, it is important we have a reliable system by which to backup and share these important files. Synology DiskStations make owning and managing NAS affordable and easy, and promises to grow with your needs in the future.
For additional information on how to implement a NAS into your network visit our Official Wiki Pages which includes our How to Guides.