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NAS makers like Synology and QNAP reveal what’s driving the increase in systems preconfigured with SSDs

Our partner Seagate is constantly monitoring trends in the NAS (Network Attached Storage) marketplace, and they’re now seeing a significant upswing in NAS usage by small and medium businesses (SMBs). This increased usage is being driven by a huge benefit that NAS provides — enterprise storage features at SMB-friendly prices.

Working closely with leading NAS vendors, Seagate is focused on the growing demand from business customers for higher performance. Key to meeting this demand for increased storage performance is broader use of SSDs.

A factor behind growing SSD usage is faster Ethernet connectivity: As 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) hardware becomes cheaper and new 25GbE technology is more available, business NAS customers are able to fully utilize their network.

Why NAS is needed to give SMBs room to grow

Our digital universe is doubling in size every two years. This makes it essential for data to be captured, analyzed, and archived — anytime and anywhere.
Network Attached Storage (NAS) is the ideal solution for SMBs that want to stay ahead of upcoming data storage challenges. NAS is a server-based storage system that enables file sharing among multiple users. It is an independent network device with its own IP address, and includes backup and recovery, virtualization, cloud storage, disaster recovery, and multimedia.

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If you run IT for an SMB, the best part is that NAS solutions can easily scale upwards as data increases.

With global demand for NAS devices expected to increase nearly 50% annually in the near-term, the features of Seagate’s IronWolf NAS drive portfolio make it the superior choice.
As QNAP general manager Meiji Chang put it, “QNAP has collaborated with Seagate for many years, working with them to create the best hard drives for NAS users. We believe that Seagate’s new IronWolf family provides everything needed to store vast data.”

Do you need SSDs for your NAS?

All drives may look fairly similar, but don’t be fooled. Installing drives designed for desktop PCs instead of NAS-optimized hard drives and SSDs has some striking disadvantages that can be detrimental to business data, which negates any short-term cost savings.

* Prices correct at time of posting.

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