How Does NAS Work?

by Ted Marten


Network-attached storage (NAS) is computer data storage that connects to your computer network, and it provides data access to different network clients. NAS consists of hard disk storage that includes the multi-disk RAID system. RAID stands for redundant array of independent disk and stores data in different places on multiple hard disks. NAS is also used for software, and it configures and maps file locations for the network-attached devises. The NAS software handles many different network protocols, and they include Sun Microsystems' Network File System, Microsoft's Internetwork Packet Exchange and NetBEUI and Novell's Netware Internetwork Packet Exchange.


NAS works as a self-contained computer that is connected to a network, and it supplies file-based data storage services to devices on a network. NAS uses their operating system and other software programs to provide file systems, data storage and access files with the ability to function. NAS is configured and controlled by connecting different browsers to network addresses. NAS increases performance because NAS does its own file serving, but that does depend on the network's traffic and the amount of memory on the RAM.


The NAS system is effective because it contains at least one hard disk. A hard disk is a type of magnetic disk that stores computer data. NAS provides both file systems and storage, and it uses centralized storage to provide computers with large amounts of data. NAS is available for home use, because many devices are built around PowerPC, MIPS or ARM. PowerPC, MIPS and ARM are all processors and are built around an embedded Linux operating system.

About the Author

Ted Marten lives in New York City and began writing professionally in 2007, with articles appearing on various websites. Marten has a bachelor's degree in English and has also received a certificate in filmmaking from the Digital Film Academy.