Data is critical to businesses. Without flexible, fast, and reliable data access, companies just cannot deliver their products or service.
Selecting the ideal data storage system is imperative. And many small- and medium-sized businesses choose network-attached storage (NAS) as their preferred solution. But is your NAS enough for your business? If not, what should you use instead?
What is NAS?
A NAS is a storage device that is connected to a network – whether that be a business or a home network. The device acts as a centralized location that allows for the storage and retrieval of data via the network or the internet.
In short, setting up a NAS device is like creating your own private cloud storage system. Authorized users can access data from any internet-connected device anywhere in the world. But instead of relying on a third-party service provider, you have complete control over your data.
Here are a few of the top benefits of NAS systems:
- Relatively low cost
- Easy to operate for those with technical know-how
- Set-and-forget data backups
- Reliable in-house and remote data access
Why your NAS isn’t enough for your business
NAS solutions may seem like the perfect combination of on-premise and cloud backup. So far, so good, right? There is, however, one very fatal flaw that, if ignored, could see your business at a total loss.
NAS devices are held in your office. So, what happens if your office burns down? What if it floods? What if you lose power or are robbed? What if your business network is infiltrated by a malicious cybercriminal?
If your NAS device is compromised in any way, your data goes down with it. For most businesses, that isn’t a risk worth taking.
“For data restoration due to natural disasters, the most basic preparation includes having data backed up and stored off-site. This fundamental requirement of separating backups from your physical location is as important today as it ever was.” – Forbes
Alarmingly, only 54 percent of businesses make resilience against natural disasters and cyberattacks a top priority. The average security breach costs upwards of $1.6 million – a figure that would put a large portion of SMBs out-of-business.
If you currently are thinking of using a NAS device as your single data storage and backup solution, reconsider. Chat with your managed IT services provider and discuss more robust solutions – solutions that prioritize accessibility, security, backup recovery, and business continuity.
What to use instead of a NAS device
Your business needs a geographically distinct data storage solution – whether as a stand-alone system or as a part of a hybrid approach.
Cloud storage systems are the best option for businesses that rely on prompt data access. Cloud solutions eliminate physical server constraints while delivering the following game-changing advantages:
- Enhanced flexibility so you and your team can work from anywhere at anytime
- Automatic maintenance and updates
- Data encryption to further protect data against cyberattacks
- Flexible payment options, so you only pay for the service you need
- Unlimited scalability
- Backup and recovery services
- Professional-grade data security
Today, businesses are collecting and storing more data than ever before. And that’s why more and more organizations are converting to cloud-based solutions. Get in touch today to learn how your business could benefit from making the switch.