For years, direct attached storage (DAS) played a double role. The technology mainly designed for portable storage became the add-on, quick fix for main storage drives that filled with data. Two years ago, the buzzword wasconnected devices and now it's difficult to buy any piece of technology that isn't connected. When manufacturers talk about connected they mean two things, the internet and storage devices designed to distribute content. With DAS, if you want to connect your connected devices you need your computer on and configured for another client connection. There are two inconveniences in that, the first is the massive power draw your desktop uses and the second is running downstairs to turn your computer on when you just want to watch a damn movie upstairs in your bedroom. The solution to all of these problems and more is a low power device that can hold large amounts of data and do so in a manner that keeps your data safe. The solution is NAS.
Network attached storage products have grown up and are now more than just black boxes for storing your important documents. With new high capacity HDDs you can store all your documents, pictures, movies and music and play the content back on just about any device with a network connection. This includes your cell phone and tablet while you're on the go.
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