What is a NAS?
Network-attached storage (NAS) is a file-level computer data storage server connected to a computer network. NAS systems are networked appliances which contain one or more storage drives. Network-attached storage removes the responsibility of file serving from other servers on the network. Potential benefits of dedicated network-attached storage, compared to general-purpose servers also serving files, include faster data access, easier administration, and simple configuration.
What is a WebDAV?
Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that allows clients to perform remote Web content authoring operations. The WebDAV protocol provides a framework for users to create, change and move documents from/to a server.
A WebDAV capable Network-Attached Storage is extremely useful for any WordPress owners to combine it with their WordPress Offline Backup process. You can store each of your recurrent WordPress files backup and each of WordPress DB backup archive on your own NAS, within the comfort of your office or living room.
Advantages of WordPress Offline Backup
For your offline backups, storage capacity is a one-time investment. You purchase a bigger hard disk, put it into your NAS. Problem solved, no monthly ever increasing bills.
Retrieving data from cloud storage is always slower than physical offline backups. You download from the cloud and upload to your server to restore. With Offline Backups you upload directly, cutting more than half of your reaction consuming time to restore.
The best online backup services provide a high-level encryption grade. You can install an even more secure certificate on your NAS. Pump up your security with extra physical hardware, you decide how thick should be your safe door!
Your restore depends on the speed of your internet connection. Even with a fast connection, if you have a huge amount of data, it could take ages! Downloading from a cloud backup, then uploading could take several ages!
Many companies don’t have the finances and the infrastructures needed to protect your data at a decent price. For the same amount of money invested in a yearly budget, you can easily outmaneuver technically their capabilities several times.
Disasters and Failures:
It can happen anytime, in any conditions, online and offline. Yet, with your NAS, you can have 2 (or more) hard drives (in RAID configuration, storing data on both). This would practically mean, that you're disaster and failure proof.
Theft and Obliviousness:
Bad intentions always lurk around the corner. It's normal. Let's presume it happened already. When your NAS disappears, you realize, that your backup is gone. When your archive files disappear from an online cloud storage, noticing most is exactly when you need it to start a restore.
Espionage and Obliviousness:
Same issues as before scenario, but more subtle. What do you think you can notice faster, somebody tampering with a well-secured device or accessing an online account, shared between several parties? What is easier: downloading your online archives or reaching your device and copying your offline archives?