Seagate has released a new NAS unit, powered by Storage Server 2012 R2, aimed at small to medium sized businesses. Read on for details.
Seagate has released a new NAS unit, powered by Storage Server 2012 R2, aimed at small to medium sized businesses. Here is the press release:
November 18, 2013 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced the latest addition to the company’s business storage product offerings, Seagate® Business Storage Windows® Server 4-bay NAS. Designed for offices or workgroups with up to 50 employees, this new 4-bay NAS centralises storage to allow access, collaboration and sharing of files securely from all computers within a business network, while simultaneously hosting PC backups in one central location.
“Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organisations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses,” said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. “We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures.”
Seamless Windows Integration
Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS makes it easy to expand into a branch office or add local storage to an existing network because it’s designed specifically for businesses utilising an existing Windows IT infrastructure. With native support for Active Directory, management of users is easy with simple setup through an existing directory instead of the manual entry of users for access and control on each device. Perfect for the IT pro, the Windows Storage server seamlessly integrates into existing Windows environments, including complete compatibility with Active Directory.
“Seagate takes great pride in our ability to develop specialised solutions for a wide-range of business storage use cases,” said Scott Horn vice president of global marketing for Seagate. “As businesses grow, they will need a simple way to seamlessly integrate more storage capacity within their existing business applications. The new Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS provides a reliable yet simple data management and data protection solution for these fast-growing small business customers.”
Keep Business Critical Data Secure
Windows Storage Spaces helps protect your data by storing redundant copies on multiple disks. The BitLocker encryption provides peace of mind in knowing that files are secure from unauthorised access. Windows Storage Spaces automatically manages installed drives to give you the best blend of capacity and redundancy.
“Growing small businesses demand dependability and security for their data storage, backups and transactions,” said Richard Doherty, research director for The Envisioneering Group. “Seagate’s employment of Windows Server 2012 in the company’s latest addition to their new Business Storage portfolio delivers on these storage demands that are so central to the growth of small businesses.”
Performance at a Value
The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS delivers on performance at an affordable price point for small to medium businesses.
- Powered by a 2.13 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor combined with Windows Storage Server 2012 to deliver incredible network file transfer performance.
- Featuring best in class hard drives optimised for NAS to support customised error recovery controls, specialised power management and vibration tolerance for optimum performance and reliability, Seagate NAS HDD drives provide the best performing high-capacity storage for NAS servers.
Support for third-party Windows Server add-ins allows a business to do even more with a Windows Server enabling the 4-bay NAS to be customised for specific business needs. Additionally, Seagate has developed and included System Monitoring software that simplifies management by integrating the most common tasks into a single interface. Plus, the built-in support for iSCSI enables maximum performance and compatibility for virtualised environments.
“HDD manufacturers, such as Seagate, are uniquely positioned in the SMB NAS market given their expertise to integrated workload-optimised HDDs into a multi-bay Windows Storage Server device,” stated Mark Geenen, president of TRENDFOCUS. “Seagate’s NAS-specific HDDs include datacenter-class features tuned for smaller multi-drive racks, ensuring high performance, reliability and affordability for a wide range of small and medium business environments.”
Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS comes in a range of capacities from 8TB for $1599.99 MSRP to a high capacity 16TB for $1999.99 MSRP to meet the needs of IT professionals with existing Windows Servers systems deployed.
The pricing quoted above is for a unit with hard drives installed. This looks like an interesting option for businesses needing reliable storage.