Windows Powered BUFFALO Storage Server

 

Why would you need or want a Windows based NAS storage server?


With such a huge array of storage solutions today, the choice feels infinite!  One way to decide could be by the operating system of the NAS device itself, this will most likely be pre-determined by your system requirements. There are two main types of operating systems for NAS devices: Linux based or Windows based.  

  • Do you need to integrate with an existing Windows network infrastructure?  
  • Do you need to have an unlimited number of users on Active Directory Support?
  • Do you want to manage all Windows servers centrally on one place?
  • Do you need to edit resources remotely with a click without using the interface?
  • Will you also require a scalable solution?  
  • What about a Windows-based device that can function as an ISCSi Target?  
  • Do you require maximum efficiency and performance over cost and number of users?


The TeraStation Windows Storage Server 2012 & R2 version supports Active Directory (unlimited number of users) which provides global access control, comprehensive policy and Security.  Another feature of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 is the establishment of a new format of VHDX hard drives to work through iSCSI.  Due to the Online resizing controller, it became possible to increase and decrease the capacity of hard drives in real time.

One of the key features of this version is the ability to create virtualized storage and increase the capacity of NAS using Hyper-V technology. Now Hyper-V supports up to 1TB of memory per virtual machine. Windows Storage Server 2012 also provides with the migration of Hyper-V - the ability to directly transfer the virtualized storage from one server to another.

Our Product Selector will help you also to determine which type of device you need. As you have now decided upon the Windows Storage Server, let us provide you with some more information to demonstrate quite how flexible this product really is.  

There are two types of Windows Storage Server operating system - Workgroup and Standard, see the table below:

If you are looking for Windows NAS storage that is easy to deploy, with seamless integration, full feature activation, flexible and gives you the control - the Buffalo TeraStation™ with Windows Storage Server 2012 will provide all this and more.  A network-attached-storage solution that ideal for the small office with 20+ users, SMB with large Windows domains, branch offices and users bound (for whatever reason) to using the Windows platform.

The advantage of the Windows Storage Server:

  • Seamlessly melds with existing Network and Network infrastructure
  • Manage all resources as Domain Administrator
  • Reduces IT admin work (esp. relevant for 20+ employees)  
  • Native Active Directory support – no limitations on number of users
  • Sub domains and domain forests are also possible
  • Full-featured print server supported
  • High performance & convenient using the Windows operating platform.
  • Works seamlessly with other Windows applications
  • Easy, quick, straightforward deployment
  • Enables full Active Directory integration facilitating comprehensive access management, policies, and security
  • Fully customisable - all software applications that are compatible with Windows Server 2012 are also compatible on the Windows Storage Server 2012 R2


This allows networks to automate access and manage storage in the same way as they do their Windows Server. PowerShell and Microsoft Systems Center are ready-to-use, as well as a flexible choice of storage protocols (iSCSI, CIFS/SMB, NFS). Your most demanding applications and processes, such as replication, SQL, a fast-indexing search during an anti-virus scan, and more, are no problem for the WS5000 series.

 

Description of Features:

Deduplication
It is a functionally to reduce used space on the storage device. It analyses all files on bit level and replaces the most often repeated bits by pointers.  A pointer uses much less space than the data itself, therefore potentially saving valuable space.

DNS (Domain Name System)
DNS function ensures that the name resolution in a network works. Without this feature you would need to work with IP addresses which many struggle to remember – especially if it is IPv6. A DNS server keeps track of the names and the IP addresses assigned to the computers.

DFS Replication
Enables access to several network folders in a single instance. You can bundle several network folders from different sources and make them available in the main directory on one device without physically moving all data there.

Print Server/DHCP Server
DHCP server ensures that network clients receive IP addresses, this is particularly useful as a substitute for branch offices.

File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
FSRM is a collection of tools to manage storage resources. It enables administrators to place storage limits on volumes and folders, prevent users from saving specific file types to the server, and can generate comprehensive storage reports.

Server Manager
Central point of management- all options you can access the “classic” way or centilised on the new server manager, it is possible to add more servers and administrate them all together if you have the sufficient rights.

SMB (Server Message Block)
In Windows Storage Server, SMB protocol that provides remote access to files and network resources, is implemented. SMB3 version is a file-level storage protocol , which supports critical loads such as SQL or Hyper-V. A distinctive feature is the SMB Multichannel technology, that allows using multiple network paths between client and server. This feature increases capacity and fail-over protection , as data is transferred until at least one network connection works.

VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)
Today one of the most promising and relevant technologies is VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) that contributes to the creation of a virtual working IT- infrastructure based on a single server. VDI is closely intertwined with the popular conception of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), because it allows you to access data from any personal device via the Internet. Information from virtual desktops is stored on the data centre, which ensures the safety and protection against loss and use by third parties due to automatic data backup. The disadvantage of this technology can become a network with low bandwidth, but in Windows Storage Server 2012 is implemented RemoteFX technology that optimises data transmission methods.

Work folders (BYOD)
With Work Folders users can store and access work files on personal computers and devices, often referred to as bring-your-own device (BYOD), in addition to corporate PCs. Users gain a convenient location to store work files, and they can access them from anywhere. Organisations maintain control over corporate data by storing the files on centrally managed file servers, and optionally specifying user device policies such as encryption and lock-screen passwords.

Work Folders can be deployed with existing deployments of Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and home folders. Work Folders stores user files in a folder on the server called a sync share. You can specify a folder that already contains user data, which enables you to adopt Work Folders without migrating servers and data or immediately phasing out your existing solution.

Performance
The WS5000 series comes equipped with the powerful Intel® Atom™ Dual- Core D2550 (WS5200D and WS5400D) or D2700 Processor (WS5400R and WS5600D) and 4GB of fast DDR3 memory installed. Buffalo’s Window’s Storage Server TeraStation™ is also designed to guard against failures and prevent downtime with two hot-swappable drives.

This product is ideal for FULL BENEFITS of Active Directory!


Perfect for:

  • Home office users / Early Adapters / Windows Afficiandos
  • Small Office with 20+ users
  • SMB with large Windows domains
  • Branches Offices
  • Users bound (for whatever reason) to Windows

 

Additional:

What is Active Directory: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa746492(v=vs.85).aspx

BYOD – look for a solution: www.buffalo-technology.com/solutions/bring-your-own-device/

 

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