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NAS

A Network Attached Storage (NAS) device provides disk storage capacity to users of a local area network.  Such devices are independent of any PCs or servers on the network, and are particularly useful to provide centralised storage in peer to peer networks (where no server is present).  In a peer to peer network, a NAS device can give better performance than a drive shared from a PC.

NAS devices may be anything from a single disk of modest capacity to a large installation having a number of high capacity disks with a sophisticated array controller.  Even low-cost NAS devices often offer RAID controllers that enable the device to keep functioning if a single disk fails.

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