Much of this power efficiency can be attributed to the low-power Intel Atom or ARM-based microprocessors used in modern NAS appliances. Furthermore, most vendors recognize that storage demands do increase over time and now sell expansion chassis that lets businesses add more disk storage without having to purchase another NAS. Indeed, rapid improvements on this front mean that some SMBs may even find it beneficial to replace an aging NAS device with a newer model.
Consider Gigabit Networking
If your core network is still bumbling along at a Fast Ethernet speed of 100 Mbps, consider upgrading it to Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) for a 10-fold increase in throughput. To put this upgrade into perspective, a large file transfer that took 15 minutes to finish at 100 Mbps will take less than two minutes when transferred over a network operating at 1,000 Mbps.
GbE used to be expensive, but proponents will point out that gigabit network switches are affordable today. In addition, they work over widely deployed CAT 5E cabling. Finally, GbE is built into most desktops and laptops, and it's necessary to support 300 Mbps 802.11n Wi-Fi APs.
Use a Docking Station With Your Ultrabook or Laptop
Businesses with workers who rely heavily on laptops or ultrabooks may want to invest in a docking station to expand their workstation connectivity options. Unlike proprietary docks sold by laptop makers in the past, today's docks typically connect using the standard USB interface. As you can imagine, this allows your dock investment to be reused with newer laptops.
It's important to note that a dock eliminates the need for peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers and network cables that must be plugged in and unplugged all the time. Using wired Ethernet, too, offers faster and more reliable network connectivity as it frees up wireless capacity for workers not at their desks. Finally, some newer docks, such as the Targus USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Dual Video Docking Station, support two external monitors, which makes setting up a multi-monitor rig easy.
Deploy Multiple Monitors