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Software defined storage hybrid storage arrays, and deployment of slotted drive system (SDS) are some of the major trends, in the global enterprise network-attached storage (NAS) market. Now-a-days, data centers have become software specific, which is attained through improvements within NAS systems. Hybrid arrays are established by integration of both NAS, and storage area network (SAN) systems to increase enterprise storage proficiency. The Network-attached Storage Systems are now connected with cloud to transfer data through cloud storage. Cloud connected NAS systems reduce the complexity of evolving enterprise operational environments. New trends associated to infrastructure used on-site, as well as in data centers are also emerging in the market.
Enterprise storage is a wide category that comprises services and products designed to support huge organizations, with retrieving and saving digital information. Unlike small business storage devices, enterprise storage can handle enormous numbers of users and huge volumes of data. It usually involves central storage depositories, such as network-attached storage (NAS) devices, or storage area networks (SANs).
The global enterprise NAS market can be segmented on the basis of end-user, into large enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Network-attached storage is a file-level computer documents storage server connected with a computer system for providing data access to a diverse group of clients. NAS is identified for serving files either by its software, hardware, or configuration. Network-attached storage devices allow several computers to simultaneously share the same storage space. By using NAS solutions in businesses and homes, users could intensify the storage capacity of each device connected to the NAS device. Cloud-based network-attached storage is a remote storage technology that can be accessed over internet, and is often used for backups and archiving. The storage is hosted by a third-party service provider that charges users as per the bandwidth and capacity used.
Network-attached storage systems have the ability to create shared file storage among enterprise users. NAS works as an independent network node on the local area network (LAN) that comprises of individual IP addresses. File transfer through network attached storage is achieved through Ethernet, between users and NAS. It enables real-time access to various users. NAS systems are also used as backup storage in businesses, for disaster recovery purposes. Server mode NAS systems could also function as a database, multimedia or print server for small and medium sized enterprises. High-end network-attached storage systems provide redundant array of independent disks (RAID) technology, which converts multiple hard disk drives (HDDs), into one consistent unit. NAS systems are manufactured and designed by several local and global vendors.
The major growth drivers of the global enterprise network-attached storage market, pertains to the growth of structured and unstructured data, along with requirement of collaborative working environment for enterprise network-attached storage. The need for data archiving and backup along with simultaneous access to files by multiple users, is expected to propel the demand for enterprise network-attached storage systems. These systems are being added with extra features to ease current business storage hindrances. NAS windows server systems effectively boost joint enterprise environments. Limitations of the network-attached storage and compatibility issues associated with NAS are the two major restraints hindering the growth of the Global Enterprise NAS market
Some of the major competitors of the global enterprise NAS market include Dell, EMC Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, NETGEAR, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., Western Digital Technologies, Inc, and Seagate Technology LLC.