Storage devices are designed to provide shared storage access across a network. These devices provide extended storage capabilities to the network with reduced costs compared to traditional file servers.
- Network-Attached Storage (NAS)
A NAS device is a server that is dedicated to nothing more than file sharing.
- Storage Area Network (SAN)
A SAN is a high-speed sub-network of shared storage devices. A storage device is a machine that contains nothing but a disk or disks for storing data.