What are the Differences Between Software-Defined Storage and Traditional SAN & NAS?
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What are the Differences Between Software-Defined Storage and Traditional SAN & NAS?

If you've paid any attention to the IT blogs, news magazines, and tech journals, you've likely noticed the trend toward everything being 'software defined'. You've probably heard of software-defined data centers, software-defined networking, and more. Software-defined storage marks a revolutionary new way of building and managing storage -- one which costs less, yet is more agile, more reliable, and better supports multi-tenancy. So, what are the differences between software-defined storage and traditional SAN and NAS?

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SAN Versus NAS: What’s the Difference and What Do You Need?
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SAN Versus NAS: What’s the Difference and What Do You Need?

SAN Versus NAS: What's the difference? First, let's define what they are. SAN (Storage Area Networks) and NAS (Network Attached Storage) are both network storage solutions, and may seem very similar at first glance. In many cases, either will work about as well as the other. Both usually utilize RAID, and both typically offer a variety of storage management and data protection features. In a cloud-based solution like Zadara's, SAN and NAS are both supported, so that users can choose the architecture that makes the most sense for them.

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Making the Case: Cloud NAS Benefits
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Making the Case: Cloud NAS Benefits

More and more companies are recognizing the value of moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud. The benefits of this are well documented, so there is no need to cover this topic here. As companies move their compute infrastructure to cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and others, the next logical step is to determine the best cloud-based storage infrastructure.

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