Seagate NAS Device Worth a Look
The Maxtor Central Axis NAS device from Seagate shows promise, particularly for small businesses. However, there are issues with the storage management and backup software of the Seagate product that need to be negotiated.At first glance, the Maxtor Central Axis NAS (network-attached storage) device seems like a godsend for small businesses. Providing 1 terabyte of plug-and-play storage for $319, the Maxtor Central Axis from Seagate Technology goes a long way towards meeting the storage needs of most small businesses. However, inconsistencies in the provided backup and management software, along with heat concerns, keep the Maxtor Central Axis from being a real storage savior for small businesses.
But that's not to say that the device isn't an attractive option. To get the Maxtor Central Axis up and running on my network. I simply had to plug in an Ethernet cable and turn it on. To find the Central Axis NAS, I could install the Maxtor software, which had automatic discovery capabilities, or simply check my DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) records to find the device on my network and navigate to the browser-based administration interface.