Seagate Introduces BlackArmor NAS 440 and 420
Seagate on Tuesday introduced its BlackArmor NAS 440 and 420, two Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances aimed at the small business market. They're priced starting at $800.
The BlackArmor NAS systems are aimed at small office environments with up to 50 employees, as well as self-employed professionals who are looking for network-attached storage systems. They come with management utility software and backup software.
Each system is a four-bay NAS device populated with Seagate-built hard disk drives. The BlackArmor NAS 420 comes with two drives in the four-drive chassis; the BlackArmor NAS 440 comes fully populated with four drive mechanisms. Capacities range from 2 terabytes (TB) to 8TB. The drive bays are hot-swappable and user-serviceable. Four USB ports allow you to attach external USB hard drives for storage rotation. The power supply is external and the fan is user-serviceable.
Features shared between the systems include an on-board LCD screen that displays settings and status information including event alerts. The drives can be configured as a RAID array, and you can encrypt volumes and apply password protection. The BlackArmor NAS systems also let you access files from the Internet using a Web browser without requiring any additional software to be installed, via Seagate Global Access service.
System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later (or Windows XP or Vista).
The two-drive 2TB configuration costs $800, four-drive configuration costs $1,200 for 4TB, $1,700 for a 6TB system and $2,000 for an 8TB system.