NAS Technologies - Standard Network Deployment
NAS solutions easily integrate with existing storage networks via Ethernet connection permitting standardization on a single network technology, with load balancing and failover capabilities. NAS devices operate in heterogeneous Windows & UNIX environments with support for the Common Interface File System (CIFS), Network File System (NFS), & File Transfer Protocol (FTP) protocols simplifying network management. Management utilities are able to reduce the management burden on storage administrators.
Network-attached storage can be a step toward and included as part of a more sophisticated storage system known as a storage area network (SAN).