There are numerous benefits that cloud storage has to offer but for home users and SMEs, the cloud can be a barrier at the worst of times.

Say for example the internet goes down at your office and your employees aren’t able to access their files or you’re at home with a collection of Blu-Ray movies you want to watch in the lounge but you’ve kicked the set-top box to the curb.

In instances like the above and many others network attached storage or commonly known as a NAS offers a great middle ground.

A NAS is essentially a massive storage device that has a bit of logic inside. The Synology DS218 for instance features a quad-core CPU and 2GB of memory. Why does it feature logic? Quite simply to drive the user interface, to support high quality video encoding for streaming and most importantly, keeping the NAS whirring along as you transfer or use files.

Some things to look out for when shopping for a NAS are at least a gigabit ethernet cable, support for RAID configurations and support for any file protocols you might need.

But the beating heart of your NAS will be its storage and when it comes to reliability Seagate’s Ironwolf series of hard drives and SSDs are considered among the best in the business.

The reason is that Seagate understands that its IronWolf drives are being used in NAS devices and builds its drives specifically for that reason.

This can be seen in AgileArray.

AgileArray is a set of hardware, firmware and software features that are designed to enhance reliability and performance.

This includes RAID optimisation firmware, error recovery control and dual plane balance which stops hard drives from vibrating as much as they do.

Dual plane balance is especially important in multi-bay enclosures and rotational vibration sensors prevent the drives from vibrating as much within the enclosures. Vibrations are the worst enemy of hard drives as over time they can damage not only the drive head, but the sensitive drive surface as well.

But what about SSDs?

As you will be aware SSDs have a limited number of writes that can be committed to the drive before performance degrades.

It’s with this in mind that the IronWolf SSDs make use of DuraWrite technology. DuraWrite is a lossless compression technology that not only allows for better performance of the drive but longer life as well. What’s more is that IronWolf SSDs can be used as a cache for IronWolf hard drives to improve the performance of a NAS overall.

Seagate also includes an up to 5 year limited warranty on its IronWolf drives and up to three years of its Rescue Data Recovery service which will help recover data, an incredibly costly exercise.

You can shop the IronWolf range online at Takealot.

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