Date Added: Jan 2010
The NAS spectrum covers a wide range of products, from simple boxes with a fixed amount of storage that the can plug into the network (basically glorified hard drives) all the way up to full-fledged network storage appliances with features like hot-swappable RAID arrays, flexible and secure account management, remote FTP and HTTP access, print serving and more. NAS allows files to be stored and retrieved across a computer network. A NAS includes a dedicated hardware device often called the head that connects to a local area network (usually via Ethernet). This NAS Server authenticates clients and manages file operations in much the same manner as traditional file servers, through well-established network protocols like NFS and CIFS/SMB.