Understanding your storage needs can help you select the best network attached storage solution for your family, home office, or small business. Ask yourself:
What are my storage needs now? In the future?
When making a NAS system decision, consider not only today's needs but what your storage demands look like 6, 12, and 24 months out. It may be more cost effective to consider an expandable option.
What do I want to store?
NAS systems can be the right solution for needs both small and large, from home media libraries to multi-user small businesses. The right solution is a balance between storage capacity, number of users, and cost.
Is this my first NAS? How much support will I want with setup?
WD provides support during setup with WD Concierge service. In addition, our website has extensive support resources, including an online Learning Center with detailed lessons and videos.
How important is storage performance? What's my budget?
Like PCs, NAS units perform better with faster processors and increased memory. The better the processor and the more installed memory, the higher the performance. Single-drive NAS devices can cost less than $200 and robust small business options are available under $2,000.
How many people need access?
One thing to be aware of is that NAS solutions are limited in the number of users or devices that can access them at the same time; be aware of the connectivity limitations when making a decision about which system is best for you.
How important is data redundancy? Can I afford a drive failure?
NAS products can have sophisticated management options to configure redundancy (RAID), as well as built-in monitoring system that can alert you of impending drive failure and other problems. If your data is important, you'll want to consider a device with two or more drives with RAID integration.