As companies are faced with increasing financial pressures, flat budgets and no additional personnel to address an ever-increasing list of company-critical initiatives, demand is growing for storage options that are lower cost, easier to implement and simpler to manage. As a result, when companies are looking for ways to better leverage existing storage investments, more and more are turning to network attached storage (NAS) gateways rather than to traditional NAS appliances to achieve their goals.

Historically, companies used NAS to quickly and easily deploy economical, file-based storage in distributed environments. NAS appliances were a perfect fit in those environments because they come preconfigured with the NAS head (or file server) and storage for easy integration and management within any existing IP network infrastructure.

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