PrimeArray NAS storage Vs cloud

NAS Storage

For businesses that want complete control over the data in their vault, NAS drives provide a different approach for backups. A NAS is a system that controls one or more hard drives. Only people given permission by the admin can access this backup server.

PrimeArray NAS storage is rapidly gaining popularity as an effective, scalable, and low-cost storage solution. PrimeArray NAS devices have a single-place storage consolidation infrastructure and day-to-day support activities such as backup, archiving, and a cloud tier.To provide redundancy protection, you can set up a NAS drive with a RAID configuration. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives, and it is a NAS system that comprises of two hard drives working simultaneously to create mirrored copies of your files. This ensures that if a backup drive fails – your data is still safe. 

Each network-attached storage drive handles all unstructured data such as video files, audio, MS Office documents, audio, and more. With NAS, your data is easily accessible, making it easy for your teams to collaborate promptly and respond to queries/feedback. Since having a network storage device is like having your private cloud, authorized personnel can access the data remotely using a pre-defined network connection. It essentially means that your employees can work from anywhere, anytime.

NAS device is a storage device connected to a network. It allows storage and retrieval of data from a centrally-managed location for authorized network users. You don’t need to worry about additional hardware or software. It is usually configured and managed using a browser-based utility. Each storage unit resides on your company’s local area network (LAN) as independent nodes, defined by unique IP addresses.

PrimeArray NAS devices are designed to meet the needs of large enterprises, small agencies, and individuals. Each network hard drive consists of a minimum of two drive bays. However, you can also choose single-bay systems if you have a lot of non-critical data to store.

Pros of PrimeArray NAS device

-                  Easy to operate

-                  Low-cost set-up compared to other storage systems in terms of storing large amounts of data for extended duration

-                  Easy and efficient data backup and disaster recovery management tools

-                  Centralized storage offering complete control over authorization and access

-                  Multiple users and devices can access the data at the same time

-                  Offers enhanced customization options

-                  Fully scalable

-                  Usually, Network-Attached storage prices are custom-made to fit your budget

-                  You control your own security

-                  Can restrict the device from ever talking to the Internet

-                  One time cost

-                  Physically control the device and the data resides in the device that you physically own


Cloud Storage

Over the past few years, cloud technology has become the go-to option for many businesses and organizations. Simply put, cloud storage is storing digital information in an online space with various servers and locations, typically operated by a hosting company.

Most people are accustomed to using services like Google Cloud, iCloud (Mac), Creative Cloud (Adobe users), and DropBox. These cloud backup services are well known, but they aren't necessarily the best option.

Many popular cloud backup services raise questions surrounding privacy, value for money, backup restrictions, and data security. Depending on your personal threat model (and the kind of data you need to back up), you may desire greater control and security than those services can provide.

The only difference is that with cloud storage, all of your data is transferred to servers hosted on off-site networks. Once transferred, the responsibility of storing the data and keeping it secure falls on the service provider.

As with any other storage system, cloud-based storage also offers distinct advantages. But it also raises significant concerns about data security and administrative control. Listed below are the major pros and cons of opting a cloud-based storage for your data :

Almost all cloud service providers throttle their bandwidth for balancing many customers demands for uploads and downloads. They attempt to maintain availability while restricting your capability. If you think that having a top-notch Internet service provider will allow you to access the cloud quickly you are wrong welcome to the speed of dial up. If some type of peak load were to happen with the cloud service provider it would crash much like a bank with everybody trying to run in.


-                  Security concerns are quite common when using cloud storage services

-                  You’ll have limited control over your data

-                  Data transmission to and from the cloud can fluctuate depending on the bandwidth

-                  You may face downtime if your cloud service provider has technical problems

-                  Shared cloud storage may impact overall performance

-                  Throttled connectivity speed

-                  Your valuable private data could appear at a later point in time anywhere



Off-site backup

As you can see there are many cons to using cloud storage. Essentially a cloud storage solution is just somebody else’s NAS system which is shared between many users which is directly connected to the Internet.

PrimeArray systems recommends almost all of there customers to opt for their own PrimeArray NAS server. If the customer has a need for off-site backup our systems can encrypt the data using AES-256 encryption (with the customer’s private key of choice) and place a backup on a cloud service provider.