The InfiniteStorage NEXIS NAS family delivers an XFS file system, repurposed for NAS appliance simplicity, with InfiniteStorage Appliance Manager, a graphical-user interface for optimizing storage resources, managing growth and allowing the set-up of base NAS configurations. It is designed to efficiently scale in storage capacity, file directory size and performance by providing base platform options that can support exponential data growth for scientific applications. The NEXIS 5000 and 7000 Series provide expanded functionality and enable support of a broad range of storage options. The NEXIS 2000 and 500 offer the same functionality, advanced Appliance Manager software, and scalability in platforms tailored for department and workgroup deployments, respectively. The NEXIS 1000 NAS Gateway completes the family, fully leveraging existing storage investments and allowing users to quickly introduce the benefits of a NAS approach.