What is a Storage Server?
It is known as a type of server used to store, secure, manage and access digital data and files with a storage server. It provides storage and access to small and large amounts of data over a shared network or over the Internet. The storage server is less powerful than the standard server. Where it lacks power, it requires more storage server space, storage access interface, and specialized data management and storage server utilities Direct attached storage server (DAS) forms the basis of network attached storage server (NAS) and other storage server network technologies.
Storage servers are also known as file servers. The primary purpose of such servers is to store computer files such as photos, wave files, movies, and so on. A file server does not perform calculation tasks or run programs for the client. The server is designed around a client-server scheme where clients are workstations using storage.
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Storage Server Types
There are two types of storage servers: private and non-private servers. A dedicated server is designed for exclusive use as a file server with dedicated workstations for reading and writing files and databases.
Storage of data files is accomplished by creating a disk array. The technology has been developed to run multiple disk drives together as a unit. A disk array has cache (faster than a magnetic disk), advanced storage visualization, and RAID. The type of disk array used depends on the storage network.
Once a machine is configured and made public on the network, users can begin to access the available storage space on the storage server by ‘mapping’ the drives on their computers. After mapping, the computer’s operating system identifies the storage server as the additional drive. If the network configuration is done fully, all computers are allowed to create, modify, and execute files directly from the server, while adding extra shared storage to all connected computers.
Storage Server Design
Storage servers are designed considering storage space, access speed, ease of management, budget, recoverability and security. While maintaining the same compatibility and accessibility, the design sophistication is further enhanced by the addition of new hardware and technology replacing the old one, and the constantly changing environment. Suppliers use the queuing theory model to manage peak loads, throughput and response time. Servers can also include dynamic load balancing system scheme for demand distribution in connected hardware.
Hard disk drive is the long-life primary hardware server equipment.
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The Advantages of Having a Storage Server
In the past, most small companies did not use file servers due to the high setup cost. Instead, they chose to keep all important documents on one desktop. The main downside of this application was that whenever an important document was needed, only that desktop was accessed (you can imagine the inconvenience).
The biggest benefit of the file server is the space it provides for storing files that all computers connected to the network can use. Useful when many of them need to access the same file (eliminates the need to create multiple copies). Since the files are stored in a single location, they can be viewed. File servers provide better data management while providing extra security (stored information can be password protected).
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Optical networks are more secure than other networks; NAS infrastructure should use optical links to secure file sharing between UNIX and Windows clients. The NAS server can use UNIX security and integrate with Active Directory with Windows ACL security.
Network Attached Storage Requirements consists of correctly installed and updated drivers. RAID should choose protected storage, better performance and availability. NAS requires hardware, so customization in terms of hardware is not possible for computer-based NAS such as CPU, memory, storage components.
Computer-based NAS installs FTP / SMB / AFP software server that supports DAS as well as no plug-in or additional protocols.
If connected using two IP Switches, you can avoid NAS’s connection failure. Bad connection can affect NAS performance and reliability.
Data loss and inaccessibility after backups become frustrating, so bringing them online or storing them in the cloud can free up local network storage space. Each NAS acts as a separate device on a network and can be used for scalable backup. Backup and mirroring is found in files saving time, energy and bandwidth.
6. Multiple Users:
Data files accessed by multiple users from network storage do not need to be mailed or transferred using USB.
File sharing, download permissions must be set so that users can view or change files on the network. Server availability is an issue for file access.
File access speed is higher for data copies using LAN, which keeps databases and backups in a central location.
9. Additional Storage Space:
NAS allows us to add storage space on the network without affecting systems already installed on the network, the network sharing system does not need to be configured for file sharing. The SAN can be accessed from any server connected to the network and does not remove the storage space from the servers, but separates the storage from the servers to free up space. The network can manage big data with block-level storage.
10. Storage Capacity:
I can store many terabytes of data, which is worth the investment. The central location of the data and large storage capacity aids in data processing and accessibility.
Network Storage and data storage solution must be compatible with the best performance of centralized data storage and management.
NAS is useful in file storage, sharing, archiving, creating metadata indexes and data replication, and SAN is useful for creating and maintaining large database servers, recovering archives, sharing backup and data replication.
Data Storage Server Performance
Server storage performance is critical to the performance of data-driven applications. Therefore, the characteristics of each storage server determine how well an application performs. This is especially true when a storage server is part of a shared storage infrastructure. Storage server specifications that affect storage performance include hard drive rotation speed (if hard drives are used instead of solid state drives), drive controller output (for example, SAS or SATA), network interface throughput, and computing power.
The requirements for the rotational speed of the hard drive depend on the application. For example, a backend cloud storage server can use 7,200 RPM hard drives for reliability and cost effectiveness. A mission-critical storage server that handles heavy workloads, such as an enterprise server running transaction processing applications that require high-speed data access, typically uses 10,000 RPM and 15,000 RPM drives. Solid state drives are also ideal for these heavy workload applications, but are currently inexpensive for large capacity storage needs.
Drive controller output is also a factor in storage server performance. A slow driver interface causes bottlenecks for high speed drivers. Available industry standard bandwidths for fast drive access are SAS / SATA 6Gb / s and SAS 12Gb / s.
Network connection speed is critical for how fast data can be transferred from one storage server to other servers in a data center. Modern data centers are equipped with very high bandwidth network infrastructures. Every rackmount computer server in the data center must take advantage of this bandwidth by using compatible network interfaces such as InfiniBand or Fiber Channel adapters. This is especially important for SAN and NAS deployments.