What are NAS and SAN? How Hosting Providers use this Technology to Provide better Services to their Customers?

NAS (Network Attached Storage)

NAS (Network Attached Storage) network storage i.e. connected to a network and provides file accessing services to connected users across the internet. Because of its flexibility, NAS is mainly operated among heterogeneous users. Heterogeneous users are configured with different hardware configurations. NAS often removes responsibility for serving files to other servers. NAS acts as a private cloud. NAS has generally configured with web browser-based utility. NAS gives the flexibility to collaborate and share data more respectively. NAS is connected to the wireless router that makes it easy to share files over the network. With it’s easy to set up and uses standard internet connection. Anyone can set up NAS. NAS also provides to change permissions, user privileges and gives permissions to change restrictions of any document on NAS.

SAN (Storage Area Network)

SAN (Storage Area Network) is a high-speed network that interconnects and presents shared storage devices among different servers. SAN can be described as various network devices. SAN is comprised of hosts, storage devices, switches that are connected with different technologies. SAN often improves application availability. It enhances utilization and effectiveness. SAN requires a private Ethernet network between clients and servers. A SAN is the most used way to share storage for different users as per demand. The main power of SAN is allows shared access to its users. Because of its high-speed addition of storage controllers. SAN is widely used by different high organizations. In SAN, storage pools are controlled by administrators to assign (LUN) logical unit numbers.

How Ho


sting Providers use this technology to provide better services to their customers?

Mainly hosting providers work as per their consumer's requirements. There are various reasons that hosting providers choose such technology to provide better services to their consumers. NAS is often used in homes and small to medium businesses. Whereas SAN is used in professional enterprise businesses. NAS is less expensive whereas SAN is more expensive. Depending upon businesses NAS and SAN are used. Nowadays many organizations are opting out of NAS. As they are less expensive, easy to set up. Whereas SAN requires more technicality and administration to manage SAN services. NAS speed depends upon local internet and in SAN works with high-speed fiber channels are delivered. Hosting providers uses NAS as well SAN to make their services faster for their consumers. NAS is used by many small businesses and SAN is used by big corporations. Hosting providers can add different storage with NAS but SAN comes with more complexity. SAN needs good administration. But hosting providers do manage to handle such complexity. Hosting providers are using different teams of experts/ developers to handle complexity in providing services. Hosting providers uses shared hosting for their consumers using NAS and SAN technologies. Hosting providers uses such technologies by hosting multiple sites. Hence different consumers can avail such services.

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