Seagate Business Storage Revamps NAS for the SOHO User

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by Andy Patrizio

Seagate Technology has introduced a new line of newest network-attached storage (NAS) aimed at small office/home office (SOHO), remote mobile office (RMO) and small to medium-sized business organizations (SMBs).

Seagate Business Storage bays come in two- and four- drive configurations and can hold from 2TB to 16B. There is also a Universal Storage Module (USM) for connecting plug-n-play removable external drives. They offer centralized backup, data protection and remote access to critical business information for both Windows and Mac OS X devices.

Seagate Business Storage is actually a renaming of its existing line of SMB NAS devices, called Black Armor (a lineup of which we’ve always been fans). For the past year or so, as Seagate has refreshed its product lines it has also renamed them with something more descriptive.

Seagate Business Storage NAS

“The intent here is we’ve had some new marketing leadership come in and we’re focusing on the brand of Seagate and providing some clarity of what the products do in the naming structure,” said Nathan Papadopulos, a spokesman for Seagate.

Liz Conner, senior research analyst for personal & entry level storage at IDC, likes this idea. “So when it’s on the shelf it’s easier to understand what exactly consumers are buying. Instead of a funky name like Black Armor it’s Business Storage,” she said.

For this release, Seagate worked to simplify the setup and automation process. “NAS is very complicated for most folks to figure out. We streamlined the software to make it very easy to walk through the setup and get up and running very quickly,” said Papadopulos.

The bays will work with cloud backup and online sharing services at some time in the future, but currently Seagate has not named the partners. SBS will also support NAS-to-NAS replication or backup of data. It supports RAID 0,1,5 and 10.

More importantly, it acts as its own private cloud for the business or home user. A person can be given permission to remotely access the NAS without being on the network. That has considerable implications for SMBs wanting to support BYOD in the office, said Conner.

“That’s really good because you have a lot of small businesses trying to deal with that whole BYOD phenomenon, and when you have a SMB where the owner is the IT guy and an employee can’t connect their iPhone to the NAS, you got nothing. Now you can give a person access to their files and they can pull it up on their phone,” she said.

The one-drive solution with 2TB is available for $199.99 while the 4TB is $329.00. The top-end device, with 16TB of storage, is $1,499. Without any installed drives, the NAS starts at $199.99. Seagate Business Storage can be found as of this week at CDW, Amazon and Newegg.

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