How To Choose a NAS?

I'm wondering what factors should be taken into account when choosing a NAS device. So far I've been able to list 4 factors that are as follows:

  • Throughtput handling
  • Power consumption
  • Money/TB ratio
  • Maximum storage capacity

Is there any other factor that should be taken into account?

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*********Good *******, I agree with you that it is a factor that should be taken into account. I wonder although how we can measure that. Support should be measured regarding response time, number of attemps until problem was finally solved, etc.???

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