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There are a myriad of data storage options, from portable USB flash drives to large network attached storage drives. If you are planning to expand your organization’s data storage capabilities, you should know what options are available. NeweggBusiness will outline several popular internal and external data storage solutions.
Hard Disk Drives (HDD)
Solid State Drives
Compared to hard drives and solid state drives, tape drives are a slightly older data storage technology. Tape drives utilize removable magnetic tape cartridges to store data. This method of storage has two advantages. The first is that tape cartridges have a low cost per GB and the second is that they have data transfer rates that can exceed those of optical media.
Though it is a more mature method of data storage, tape media storage is still actively developed and supported. The latest tape media standard is known as linear tape-open 6 (LTO-6) and features a maximum data transfer rate of up to 400 MBps.
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
A network attached storage drive is a type of external hard drive that connects directly to a network rather than to a computer. NAS drives have specialized hardware and software that allow them to act as file servers for an entire network so that users can store and share files amongst each other. Many NAS devices are expandable and allow you to use your own hard drives so you can scale capacity to your network’s needs.
The term optical storage describes any type of data storage that can be read and written with a laser. This includes, but is not limited to CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs™. In terms of capacity and speed, optical media can vary widely. NeweggBusiness lists the maximum capacities for three of the most common optical storage standards below.