We get this question a lot, “Should I buy a server or NAS?” Right off the back, I’m thinking servers are old school and network attached storage devices are for the smart and economical folks. But, it’s not so cut and dry. To define the tech service lingo, servers are the old beasts that run the Windows or Mac Server operating systems. Active Directory, domains and user groups may be set up on them. NAS devices are external hard drives that people can share files from.
Alright, enough with the techese. Let’s get right to the pros and cons.
Benefits of going with a NAS:
- Half the cost of a server
- Less maintenance
- Smaller footprint
- Still can be remoted into from home or elsewhere
- Quick setup
Benefits of going with a server:
- Faster processing
- Faster access by computers
- All files are securely on premises
- True active directory and users/folders setup
- Easily share database program files
Which one should you go with? If you just simply need to share files and that’s it, it is worth trying a NAS. It’s cheaper and easy to install. If it doesn’t work, you can still put it to work as a back-up for your server.