SAN vs NAS: The Comprehensive Guide with A Detailed Comparison

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Both NAS (network-attached storage) and SAN (storage area network) were created to fix the issue of making saved data or information available to several users at the same time. When we talk about SAN vs NAS, the storage area network shares the storage to a dedicated network, and network-attached storage shares the storage over a shared network. However, both provide dedicated storage solutions for many customers and work on the same mission by adopting different ways.

NAS is comparatively affordable because it serves files over Ethernet and simple to set up, but SAN is a closely coupled network of several devices that operate with block-based information. SAN is significantly more costly and complicated to set up and handle. NAS devices seem like volumes onto a document server and utilize NFS and SMB/CIFS protocols, whereas SAN-connected disks appear to the user as local drives.

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Hi! tk-hassan
Really great information! Glad to see there's there's other technophiles on here as well! :) When I came here 10 yrs ago, there was a clear separation between the techs/coders who we hired.. and the marketers - us.
So great to see you're getting info out about how this infrastructure works. Anyone who's "juggled" hard drives and lost Data, knows how much a royal pita non-autonomous systems & lack of centralization for data is. It Sucks!

There's much more depth to the SDS field than that. And many different segments to NAS/SAN technology, based on it's CAP (theorem) characteristics & intefaces. or requirements of special hardware, or commodity off-the-shelf. Also for ex. AWS S3 is neither, but it is the largest growth sector in Storage. I actually work full time on this exact problem, as my startup is developing a hybrid SAN/NAS sytem with Object, Block, & File APIs & a cryptocoin for buying more storage on the exchanges. All of it's open source.. also multi-tier storage, so things like Optical & Tape, but also NVMe are as well.


Curious, Is Temok your hosting platform? Are you the Owner, or a partner in it? Are you guys interested in Joint Ventures?? or strategic partnerships?

I've been through every hosting platform on the books - from Clouds to VPS's to Lowendbox. And we're looking for an up & comer who is interested in taking risks on new business model, and already has rack space rented and marketing channels setup? (DigitalOcean is our DIRECT Competitor for ex. in cloud, Storj.com & iexec.com our crypto competitor) Your market-space is one we plan to enter, but ultimately right now our focus is on App platform and Ecommerce as a service. Something more like a Heroku approach. So a Strategic Partnership to split the areas of concern makes more sense for the cloud market.

Would love to talk to You guys privately if this interests you!
—Ben
 

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looking at AMZN's
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