As small and medium businesses (SMBs) generate increasing amounts of critical data, the need to flexibly access and protect those resources becomes increasingly important. SMBs have traditionally shared unstructured file data by creating network shares for files stored within desktops and servers. This direct attach storage (DAS) approach is often quick and easy at first—but can also become complex, expensive, and difficult to manage as capacity and backup requirements grow, straining limited budgets and IT staffs.
The DellTM PowerVaultTM NF family of storage servers is designed to provide simplified, cost-effective network attached storage (NAS) optimized for SMB file sharing and data protection. In July 2008, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Lab evaluated a Dell PowerVault NF100 NAS server as a company-wide repository for file sharing and as a backup and recovery platform for both local and remote users. ESG had been relying on DAS systems and two legacy NAS appliances to share files, and was seeking a way to simplify its storage infrastructure.
The ESG Lab team was impressed with how easy it was to order, configure, and manage the Dell PowerVault NF100. Rapid, simple deployment is often a key requirement for SMBs, and the PowerVault NF100 was ready to go right out of the box, with the ESG Lab team able to deploy it and begin serving files to end users in less than 15 minutes. For SMBs contending with rising amounts of data, the PowerVault NF100 provides a simplified, cost-effective alternative to DAS for file sharing and centralized data protection.
By Brian Garrett and Claude Bouffard
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