A dramatic growth in unstructured data is occurring due to an increase in applications creating and using file-based data. Applications including electronic design automation (EDA), manufacturing, medical, operations and finance are some of the relevant uses that have increased need for file data processing. Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems are a natural fit for applications processing unstructured, or file data. However, the requirements for NAS are increasingly demanding. Vendors now must combine the ease of use of traditional NAS with scale-out architectures and all-flash storage to quickly grow capacity and performance and reduce latency.
The NAS vendor landscape is more crowded than ever, with traditional hardware vendors, software-defined global file system vendors and an increasing number of public cloud file system options. To stand out among so many options for IT buyers, enterprise NAS devices must deliver high performance along with strong data protection, availability, scalability and multi-protocol support.
Enterprise NAS storage is frequently used in the R&D and production environments of enterprises and departments, such as electronic design systems, content delivery, and office file sharing. Even when data volumes are not large, the application scenarios are often complex with potentially millions of files in mixed sizes, presenting challenges for storage functionality, performance, and reliability.
Enterprise NAS systems are expected to provide the following functions and features:
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