There are several areas where NAS and SAN solutions can benefit from cloud storage.
When using NAS, for example, companies can back up their files automatically from the NAS system to cloud storage using a cloud service provider. A backup from NAS to the cloud is generally charged based on the capacity used and any access fees.
Using a cloud NAS service may require upgrading the network to handle the traffic. High data volumes and heavy traffic may necessitate a costly telecommunications link to the service, which generally incurs significant upfront costs and ongoing expenses.
Suppose you’re using SAN. A virtual SAN leverages the flexibility, scalability, and security of cloud computing for storage and data access throughout an organization. Virtual machines and cloud storage accelerate SAN processing and scalability.
If you are a startup or small to medium-sized business, NAS is probably the better option since it is cheaper and less complicated. But SAN is better if you are a large organization where speed, high throughput, and low latency are essential.
NAS and SAN are not mutually exclusive. They can be combined and complement each other with cloud storage for an enhanced data storage experience. Combining them into one storage solution could increase scalability and management complexity while lowering costs.