Seagate releases two BlackArmor NAS servers, one a 4-bay and the other a 2-bay.
Storage specialist Seagate introduced the BlackArmor NAS 220 and NAS
440 network storage server, 2-bay and 4-bay, respectively, desktop
network attached storage solutions aimed at small to medium-size
business (SMBs). Initially, both solutions will come pre-populated with
3TB drives in each bay and will be offered exclusively for 30-days
through the company's Web site and select online retailers. For the
first 30 days, technology retailer CDW will provide the 12TB NAS 440
for a manufacturer's suggested price of $1,900, and online IT retailer
NewEgg will sell the NAS 220 6TB for a suggested price of $649.99.
Both the NAS 440 and NAS 220 network storage servers are designed to
help businesses with up to 50 employees, providing software management
tools that are compatible across the family, support for Microsoft
Active Directory 2000, 2003, 2008 for populating users and groups,
hardware-based encryption, remote access with the included, Web-based
Seagate Global Access service and FTP functionality.
The appliances also feature quick start features, ability to view or
map shared volumes to a computer, or back up the PC from which a user
is working from, using the BlackArmor Discovery tool software, which
automatically displays all BlackArmor NAS products connected to the
network. In addition, the servers offer full-system backup and recovery
through SafetyDrill+ software, which allows computers to be restored to
a previous point in time.
Other features include event email notification to alert the user about
status and changes to the server and additional USB ports to connect
extra USB storage devices, share a USB printer or connect an
uninterrupted power supply (UPS) to safeguard from power failure. The
NAS 440 server is configured with RAID 5 and ships with 10 backup
software licenses out-of-the-box, while the NAS 220 server ships with
RAID 1 configuration for automatic data mirroring and 5 backup software
licenses. Additional licenses for both products can be purchased in 2
and 5 -set increments through the company's Website, according to a
In September, the company launched the industry's first 1.5TB 2.5-inch
portable external drive. The latest addition to the company's FreeAgent
GoFlex line of external storage devices ships with a USB 3.0 interface
cable and is priced at $250. Seagate said it figures users can store up
to 60 high-definition movies, about 750 video games, thousands of
photos or tens of thousands of hours of digital music.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.