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So, you’ve got a small network consisting of one server and a half dozen workstations, but the hard drive in the server is full. Do you rebuild the server with a larger hard drive? That could become one big headache, and your network will be down throughout the duration of the upgrade. The easiest solution is to add Network Attached Storage, or NAS, to your network.
A NAS device is basically an entire server itself, but all it does is provide storage. You simply connect NAS to your network and then all users can access the device as a storage drive on the network. You can, of course, limit access to the device if necessary. NAS is inexpensive and maintenance free. And you don’t have to be an IT expert to install it.
LG Electronics has a complete line of affordable NAS units that make it a snap to add storage to your network. The units are ideal for small businesses that generate large amounts of data, such as medical offices and graphic-design firms. The simplest of the LG NAS units is a one-bay device with a 1TB hard drive and a DVD-RW drive installed. The DVD-RW drive makes it easy to create backup discs for archival purposes, and you can back up 8.5GB of data on just one double-sided DVD disc. A gigabit Ethernet port on this NAS device allows for speedy uploads and downloads. This unit is available in black (B&H #LGN1T1DD1B) or white (B&H #LGN1T1DD1W), and costs $184.95.
Next in LG’s lineup is a compact two-bay NAS enclosure, also with a DVD-RW drive. The unit features hot-swappable and lockable drive trays, gigabit Ethernet, three USB ports for connecting additional storage devices, and a built-in 4-in-1 memory card reader compatible with SD, MMC, MS and xD type memory cards. RAID levels 0, 1, JBOD, 1 + JBOD, and Individual are supported. The NAS device supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003, Mac OS 10.3 and later, and Linux (Redhat 9, Ubuntu, and Suse). The unit accepts 3.5” SATA II drives. The two-bay NAS enclosure is available with no drives installed (B&H #LGN2R1D) in case you already have drives. The bare-bones unit costs $214.95.
If you don’t already have hard drives to install, the two-bay unit with the DVD-RW drive can be delivered with a single 1TB drive installed (B&H #LGN2R1DD1) for $284.95 or two 1TB drives installed (B&H #LGN2R1DD2) for $354.95.
The same two-bay NAS unit can also be purchased with a Blu-ray burner instead of a DVD burner (B&H #LGN2B1D). This lets you create backups of up to 50GB on a dual-layer Blu-ray disc. This unit costs $309.95. Again, if you don’t already have hard drives to install, the two-bay unit with the Blu-ray burner can be purchased with a single 1TB drive installed (B&H #LGN2B1DD1) for $369.95, or with two 1TB drives installed (B&H #LGN2B1DD2) for $439.95.
If you need more than two drive bays, LG also makes a four-bay NAS device, but this one comes only with a Blu-ray burner. Like the other units, this one features hot-swappable and lockable drive trays and supports RAID levels 0, 1, JBOD, 1 + JBOD and Individual. It has a gigabit Ethernet interface, three USB 2.0 ports, and a built-in memory card reader. This unit is available with no drives installed (B&H #LGN4B2N) for $529.95 or with four 1TB drives installed (B&H #LGN4B2ND4) for $879.95.
If your network is short on storage space, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a solution, with all of the NAS devices that LG Electronics has to offer. Of course, you can find any of them right here at B&H.