Executives never really go on vacation. Whether you’re at the beach or on the golf course, you need access to your data. If that’s the latest sales figures or tomorrow’s preliminary analysis report, it needs to be online and ready to go. Fortunately, Seagate has you covered.
The BlackArmor line of storage devices is Seagate’s business brand (though they do add a few features that make the units attractive to consumers, as well) and as such, comes with business build quality and business support. The units are attractive and sturdy, with a refined design that wouldn’t look out of place in any business or home office setting.
This model is known as the 220, which means that it offers two drive bays inside. It used to mean that two drives wouldn’t get you very much, but these days, both Seagate and Western Digital offer 3TB models; that means that the BlackArmor 220 can be configured for up to 6TB of storage.
When you get the unit, you can plug it in and it’ll turn on by itself. Wait thirty seconds, and the unit will be live on the network, ready to go. You can configure the BlackArmor by pointing your web browser to the storage bay’s internal web server, and set permissions, remote access, scheduling and more. Just type ‘admin/admin’ as the login and password, and you’ll be on the way.
If you want to be able to access your files remotely, you’ll need a static IP address (that means that your external web address doesn’t change over time). Users who don’t wish to pay an extra ISP fee for a static IP address can sign up with services like DynDNS or No-IP, then log into those accounts via the BlackArmor web interface. The BlackArmor can then serve up files remotely or, interestingly, act as a wiki server thanks to the pre-installed software.
Check out our full review of Seagate’s Black Armor NAS 220 to find out why we think it’s an excellent way to keep in touch with your data as summer vacations start to hit. If you ever need to add a drive to your unit, you’ll be hitting up either Seagate or Western Digital’s 3TB drives. The Seagate BlackArmor NAS 220 can be found online starting at less than three hundred dollars.
If you have a lot of business data you need to access, a 2-drive unit might not be enough, especially if you’re the type to keep everything mirrored and safe. In that case, check out our look at the 4-bay offering in Seagate’s BlackArmor lineup, wihch now packs up to a whopping 12TB of storage space. Do you work at home? You might also consider the WD TV Live Hub, then. This media player will showcase your videos and music on the big screen in your living room while making any data stored on its internal 1TB drive (or connected via USB) available remotely.