StorageShort: The Impact of NAS Sprawl

Network Attached Storage (NAS) are ideal for storing unstructured data, especially user home directories. But these systems tend to fill up and organizations end up buying additional units, in some cases dozens, which leads to NAS Sprawl. The situation is compounded by the fact that the number of unstructured data use cases has expanded well beyond just user data. Video surveillance, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) data and various forms of rich media are all experiencing rapid growth and increased retention requirements. Organizations are not only buying multiple NAS systems to solve the user data problem, they are often buying unique NAS systems for each of these data types.

In this StorageShort we discuss the impact of NAS Sprawl:

To learn more about NAS Sprawl and more importantly how to stop it, watch our on demand webinar “End NAS Sprawl – Gain Control Over Unstructured Data“.

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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