Last time, we made the comparison between external hard drives and cloud storage. Since then, we get asked a lot about the difference between NAS (Not the rapper) and the cloud storage. A NAS, the network-attached storage often used for storing data and backups. We are sure some of you already have been using NAS at home or office.

NAS and cloud storage appear to be cut from the same cloth, but there are marked differences between them. Friend or Foe? Let’s find out which service is the right one for you. 🙂

NAS, Be here, there, and everywhere

Simply, a NAS (Network-attached storage) is a storage server which connected to a computer network and provides a space for data. It seems very different, but technically NAS and computer have the same structure. As technology has advanced, the computer became smaller, lighter, and more powerful. Those improvements brought us a NAS today. It’s not hard to find people who use a NAS as the operating system in their customized computer. In recent, some people substitute NAS by adding storage devices in a router itself.

Cloud storage vs NAS
In a broad sense, cloud storage and NAS share same purpose and concept. Services provided from Cloud storage can be done in NAS. On the contrary to this, why would you use NAS if Cloud storage can do same as NAS?

Cloud storage is usually provided by companies and NAS is customized by the user. The advantage of cloud storage is that people can choose which service they need in a simple way with a large number of people. However, the upload size is limited, otherwise, additional charges may be incurred. As for NAS, there are no additional charges and you can create a storage space as much as you want, but it’s not easy to use NAS (still, it’s easier than before.) and the user has to care about security and errors to protect the data.

Cloud storage is better for people who don’t have to save large files. Also, using cloud storage may be better for a large number of people because cloud storage usually provides a management system and security settings. NAS could be better to people who like to configure and personize their own data storage.

Hopefully, this gave you an idea of what to use between cloud storage and NAS, and please let us know if you have different opinions about this posting. 🙂

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