NAS: Intelligent Storage

The challenges posed by increasing data creation do not just centre on where to store it, but how to store it

1.8 zettabytes of information was created in 2011. This figure jumped to 2.8 zettabytes in 2012 (as stated by the International Data Corporation). This figure is now expected to increase to 40 zettabytes by 2020.

For the education sector, the key questions are how to store, organise and share the relevant information within these vast data sets. 

Educational institutions have to store far more than student records. Courses and activities require data to be stored in multiple formats – text, picture, video and music are all regularly used, demanding significant storage capacities that allow for instant access and reliable sharing.

Network Attached Storage (NAS) provides a relevant solution. Connected to your network, it’s an effective choice for safely storing and sharing information. NAS can be accessed by all devices and storage capacities are easily expanded. Copying to your own network is far faster than using cloud storage services and frees the user from monthly fees – two facts that are not commonly known.

NAS performance and reliability depends on the type of drives used – the level of reliability required and the strain that places on the NAS drive must be considered when selecting a hard drive for a specific application. That’s why WD Red has been designed specifically for use in NAS applications.

Every component and decision that goes in to building WD Red Drives for NAS is based on creating the best possible NAS experience. WD Red delivers massive capacity – up to 6 Terabytes. This, coupled with NASware 3.0 software further improves drive reliability and data protection in the unfortunate event of a power loss or power disruption.