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Comparing File (NAS) and Block (SAN) Storage
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There are two primary types of shared storage used in the Data Center: file-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) and block-based Storage Area Networks (SAN). They both have their place in the data center, and many organizations utilize both for different uses. In this paper we will look at both for use in large scale data storage and data protection. These use cases are most commonly backup, archive, and digital parking lots. Both types of shared storage can provide high levels of value to data center operations, but for the use cases outlined in this paper, we will see that file-based, or NAS, storage is preferable for most deployments.

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