11/04/2015 - IT professionals in enterprise businesses must often times ask themselves how much storage capacity is enough. This can be a very difficult question as new technologies are constantly emerging with many of them requiring large amounts of data capacity to implement. Also, businesses can grow exponentially in very short periods of time and this can require a timely solution for data volume expansion. This is where daisy-chaining comes into play. Daisy-chaining allows for swift and convenient volume expansion at an affordable cost. Let's see how it works.
Daisy-chaining in action
To expand volume with daisy chains, we can use, for example, the Thecus N16000PRO and the D16000 DAS. A master N16000PRO unit is required to guide the daisy-chaining, and users can then link up to four D16000 as target units. To connect the units, high-speed SAS cables are used.
Thecus has made sure that connecting the N16000PRO and D16000 is a breeze – After adding a dual-port SAS card to your master NAS you simply need a SAS cable to connect the additional DAS units. To further expand your storage, simply link up to two D16000s to each port of the master NAS to achieve a total of four D16000s.
The concept of NAS daisy-chaining is mostly geared towards enterprise level users. Large enterprises that require numerous rackmounts can thus take advantage of daisy chains and connect D16000 units together for massive volume expansion at a fraction of the regular cost. Another perk of daisy-chaining is that transfer speeds are especially fast thanks to the SAS cables.
The following list shows the NAS and DAS which allow you to create a Daisy-chaining:
Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.