A new survey from research company In-Stat shows that over 70 percent of small and medium-sized businesses that utilize cloud services also take advantage of network-attached storage options, or NAS. This dovetails well with a finding from a recent IBM report showing that 60 percent of organizations surveyed will be embracing cloud computing in five years. Together, this data points to a growth period for reliable NAS storage systems.
Currently, the small business portion of the NAS market is quite small – despite the number of smaller businesses using the technology, they can’t compete in volume with the larger enterprises that use similar systems. Cloud adoption is speeding up, however, and predictions show that SMB NAS options are set to bring in $2 billion in revenue by the time 2015 rolls around.
NAS systems are specialized servers that connect to existing networks to provide a file-based type of storage across all devices on the network. Some of the best advantages of these NAS options are that they can include RAIDs as well as replication or back up services for the data that they store, and can also support multiple hard drives. These systems are an answer to many of the large storage questions that have plagued companies moving to the cloud.
According to Norm Bogen of VP Research, “as the market has matured, the definition of NAS has taken on additional aspects”, and these include system management software that can help manage NAS configurations and offer greater control to the user.
In a world where cloud computing and storage are finally gaining a firm foothold, it is no surprise that NAS is finding fertile ground in the SMB market as a viable storage option and one that is seeing solid growth.