Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems were once the primary storage destination for all unstructured data but with file-counts soaring past one billion and with machines replacing users as the primary creators of data, the industry is seemingly moving past NAS to other technologies like object storage. Even cloud-based file systems seem set to cut into the NAS systems last remaining stronghold, user data.
NAS though, still has a prominent place in the data center. In fact, initiatives like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics all need higher performing, more scalable NAS systems. Additionally, industry-specific use cases like Media and Entertainment (M&E), Oil and Gas and Healthcare need high performance, highly scalable file systems.
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I think stronghold is more appropriate here as a beachhead is something established during invasion, as a staging area for troops to fan out and attack other parts of the enemy territory. In other words, it’s relatively new. But NAS has been around a long time, so it’s data collective is actually its stronghold which is now being chipped away at by these other technologies.