|File Storage: How to Use It So You Won’t Lose Your Data
used with permission from the Cisco Small Business SiteFile storage systems that provide automated, secure backup and additional storage capacity can play an essential role in your business’s success. The best file storage systems seamlessly help protect valuable data, make it easy for employees to share files, and require minimal maintenance.
You have three main options for file storage systems: external hard drives, online backup/storage, and network attached storage (NAS). Here is a quick look at all three options.
External Hard Drives
External drives may also provide additional file storage for video, high-resolution images, and other large data files. These hard drives are generally inexpensive and simple to install. However, files stored on them are not easily accessible to others in an organization. Moreover, most external hard drives don’t offer automated, redundant backup to other drives. If a big file is stored on an external drive, and the drive crashes, the data is lost forever.
Online Backup and File Storage
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
A NAS appliance typically includes multiple hard drives and is connected to your network. NAS appliances deliver many important benefits, as they:
NAS File Storage Solutions from Cisco
Cisco Small Business Continuous Data Protection can be combined with Cisco network storage systems. Continuous Data Protection constantly makes synchronized copies of updated files and works unobtrusively in the background. Learn more about Cisco Continuous Data Protection.