Following its corporate upheaval in January, Seagate Technology has made it clear that it wants to own the branded small office/home office storage market and not simply be known as the world's largest supplier of spinning disk drives to other manufacturers.
Seagate on June 22 expanded its growing portfolio of external storage products for small and midsize businesses by adding three appliances to its popular BlackArmor line: a new NAS (network-attached storage) appliance and two new external drives.
The BlackArmor NAS 220, which will become available in July, is a two-drive appliance that features RAID 0 and 1 options but has no hot-swap components. It lists for $449.99 (2TB) and $699.99 (4TB).
Seagate's two new external storage hard drives are the BlackArmor WS 110 and PS 110 workstation devices. The WS 110 includes a single 1TB ($159.99) or 2TB ($309.99) external hard drive with backup software, plus eSATA and USB 2.0 interfaces. The PS 110, smaller (500GB) and lighter than the WS 110, goes for $159.99.
On April 27, Seagate launched the Seagate Replica, a direct-attached desktop hard drive for desktops, laptops or netbook computers that will probably see a lot of action in corporate settings.
The Replica automatically backs up documents, databases, graphics and other content using a double-USB connection. It comes on as soon as it's plugged in, and doesn't require any intervention by the user to work.
On Sept. 23, 2008, Seagate moved into the online storage service market with a wholly owned subsidiary called i365 that comprises its EVault, MetaLINCS and Seagate Recovery Services companies, which previously were operating loosely under the name Seagate Services.
Go here for more information on the three new BlackArmor products.