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When evaluating NAS, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Content at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

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1212 Answers

MemphisGuy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5User

How will it integrate into your network? Is the management intuitive? When was the NAS hardware released, and how long will it be supported? Is it upgradeable? How flexible is the vendor? 

It really sucks to get locked into an inflexible vendor. Insist on references from current users that you can talk to directly!

reviewer1549887 - PeerSpot reviewer

Most people purchasing a cloud NAS are not aware they are being charged twice; once by the cloud provider and once by the NAS vendor. It is important to understand how you are being charged for a cloud NAS.

Tony Scrimenti - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10LeaderboardReal User

I've looked at the responses from your most recent contributors. All make excellent points.  

My concerns would be reliability, company reputation and history, seamless integration into existing environment and userbase, excellent customer references for service and support, exposing all costs, features that offer protection such as immutable storage and single, foolproof global file locking, high availability features, user self-service file restore, automatic retention enforcement are all important items that I would look at.  

The rest, such as support for needed protocols, speeds and feeds, 

reviewer1802523 - PeerSpot reviewer

Throughput and scalability are my biggest keys.

reviewer1801791 - PeerSpot reviewer

Scalability, cost, support and ease of management. 

Support for multiple protocols is nice to have but many implementations lack full protocol support.

The cost of support beyond the first 5 years is also something to look into.

SmainAOUISSI - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It very easy to manage via webmanger gui
it offers a global biew on what happen by host, pools,
Create,delete , expand & reduce,migrate pools is very easy like kid game.
waht i liked on it, its cababality to add external storages (another nas) and manage mdisk and pool from one webinterface

it_user564207 - PeerSpot reviewer

A NAS System for me, has to be seamless integratable in an exsisting Environmend (such as Microsoft Domain Services), so it is important that the OS of the NAS supports CIFS 3.02 with Server Site Copy Offload an other native MS Windows Server Features.

I don't care very much about the (afaik often manipulated) Opinion in Forums and Blogs!
Thats why i agree with Chris Krikke. It's more important for me to use a reliable Hardware and Software Platform with depandable Service Levels Agreements, than any "cheapo" Hardware and "self-build" or "Open-Source" Software from shady Sources...

it_user429399 - PeerSpot reviewer

There are the common answers like IOPs, throughput, bandwidth, latency, etc. What I do is look for end-users that are happy with the product through blogs, forums, articles, etc. it's too easy to get lured in with marketing hype but real world experience from somebody that has actually been using the product is invaluable.

it_user417084 - PeerSpot reviewer

Hardware replcaement, the replacements service for hp proliant hardware is much beter dan NAS hardware service recplacement like QNAP and others.

it_user407949 - PeerSpot reviewer

IOPS, latency and costs per GB

it_user404487 - PeerSpot reviewer

It depends? We mostly use NAS as a lower tier of storage in our environment, so I'm mostly concerned about cost per capacity and support.

it_user339090 - PeerSpot reviewer

IOPS, throughout and latency

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