Data Storage: Cisco, Seagate, NetGear Pack Security Into Enterprise NAS Storage
While the debate continues over the reliability and security of cloud-based storage options, tech companies are still developing and manufacturing physical network attached storage appliances for enterprises, as well as small and midsize businesses. These NAS devices not only are designed to ensure that data is secure and protected from loss, but that sensitive data is also protected from prying eyes or unauthorized parties. A multitude of companies from NetGear to Seagate are offering systems with multiple types of encryptions, sophisticated password access setups and IP auto-block support, which ensures file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level. Best of all, many of these systems are in a price range affordable for SMBs, and pack quite a storage punch as a complement to their advanced security features. In addition, many vendors also support Microsoft's Active Directory, which means Microsoft's Windows Server security tools can provide an extra layer of protection. Here, eWEEK looks at some NAS appliances worth checking out.