Up until recently only large organizations made of of a centrally located server for storing files. Using such a server allows many users on a network to connect to the server and copy their files onto it. This allow many people to backup their data with only one piece of hardware. From there, the server administrators can then backup the entire server so all the files would have a second backup copy.
With the increase in the speeds of Internet connections, and the increase usage of broadband, many homes now have a local area network (LAN). To create a LAN, all that is needed is one or more computers with a network adapter, and a router that can connect those computers together.
Once a system is connected to a LAN, it can then share folders and files with other computers on the network. In a similar fashion, by connecting a system to the LAN that contains several hard drives, and setting up the necessary permissions, anyone on the LAN can access shares on those hard drives. This creates a file storage server within a home’s internal LAN network.
Another solution is to purchase a small device called a network attached storage (NAS). This device can be found any most computer stores, and can cost several hundred dollars. By adding hard drives to the NAS device, it will act similar to a computer – allow network users to connect to it and access the drive storage space.
Once a central storage server has been created on a home network, it can be used for file storage, such as data backup. By copying all the data into one location, a single backup procedure can be run to backup data for all computers on the network.
By utilizing a storage server on a home network, you can easily centrally located all you data for easy backup.