Learn about creating and hosting NAS and iSCSI shares within your BMR local storage.
Creating a NAS or an iSCSI share within the BMR local storage is easy and does not require any additional software installation. You can choose to create an object-level datashare via NAS or build a block-level datastore that imitates a locally-attached disk via iSCSI.
Based on your data storage requirement, you can choose to create either a NAS or an iSCSI share. The primary difference between the two networks shares is their data storage architecture and accessibility:
- NAS: NAS shares follow object-level storage which is suitable for sharing files and folders. They are accessible as mapped drives on the client machines. You can create a NAS share to share data over file-based sharing protocols, including SMB for Windows, NFS for Unix-like operating systems, and AFP for Mac. Also, you have SFTP for ssh-based file sharing.
- iSCSI: iSCSI shares, however, follow block-level storage and the storage architecture is on the network, rather than the client machine. In the case of Windows OS, the iSCSI initiator displays the shares on the BMR server as local drives on the client machines that are on the BMR network. You can create an iSCSI share when you have run out of hard drive space and need the storage targets to appear as virtual hard disks.
The network shares are created within your BMR local storage therefore when it comes to the numbers or size of network shares, you are only limited by your local storage plan. If you run out of space in your BMR local storage, you may remove the old data that you no longer need or upgrade your local BMR device.
You can monitor your local storage utilization to ensure seamless performance. Navigate to ‘Statistics' > 'Storage Insights' for details of storage utilization of your NAS and iSCSI shares on the BMR server.
The BMR server uses an SSD-HDD combination, forming a hybrid environment, that delivers both high performance and effective storage solutions at a competitive price. The OS and data cache of the server stored on the SSD ensures faster performance while the hot-swappable hard drives make up the local storage space for BMR NAS.
BMR NAS helps you achieve complete data protection of your NAS and iSCSI shares via local snapshots. Scheduled local snapshots also protect your data against ransomware. In the case of a malware attack, you can retrieve a local backup of the data from a point in time before the attack.
Additionally, your BMR NAS data is encrypted at rest, both locally and on the cloud, using AES-256 CCM. Your data is also encrypted when transferred to the cloud account.