Identify the main characteristics of network attached storage (NAS).
Data storage and retrieval are fundamental services that networks are required to provide. A network can provide this functionality many different ways; the one you choose will depend on many factors, including the organization's budget and data storage needs. This section explores some of the different data storage choices, including traditional file server storage, NAS, and storage area networks (SANs).
File Servers and SANs Although only NAS devices are included in the CompTIA objectives, this chapter includes information on file servers and SANs, to give you a better idea of where NASs fit into the storage picture.