Using NAS Device as a Mainframe

by on August 24, 2007

Q: Is there a way to use a NAS device with FTP as a mini mainframe? I want to be able to access a program and create files while on a remote computer that does not have the program and ability to share the files?

A: In order to find out if your NAS (Network-Attached Storage) has the capacity to perform the work of a mainframe, you would need to contact the device manufacturer’s technical support group. Quite a few routers and NAS devices have software on them that allows them to act as FTP or web servers. They do not, however, have a lot of processing power, so it is doubtful that many of them would be able to act as a mainframe. The manufacturer’s technical support department will be able to tell you if their device will support the mainframe functionality that you need. They will also be able to tell you whether or not using the device in that manner is something that they can provide support for.