Definitions for "Network-attached storage"
Keywords:  nas, smb, nfs, heterogeneous, storage
(NAS) - Hard disk storage that is set up with its own network address rather than being directly attached to a computer.
A disk array storage system that is attached directly to a network rather than to the network server (i.e., host attached). It functions as a server in a client/server relationship, has a processor, an operating system or micro-kernel, and processes file I/O protocols such as SMB and NFS.
Network-attached storage uses a single server connected to an Ethernet LAN (Local Area Network) with its own Internet protocol address to handle the data storage and access on the network and relieve the pressure on the application or enterprise (business) server. NAS is easier and less expensive to implement than the alternatives, and uses proven technology to do the job. Even better, network-attached storage solutions allow faster data access and can be deployed rapidly.