Seagate launches new NAS drive range

Network storage solution said to deliver ‘industry’s highest capacity, best performance’

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Seagate launches new NAS drive range The new drives are now available across EMEA in multiple capacities including a 4TB option.
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 26, 2013

Seagate Technology yesterday introduced its new network-attached storage (NAS) HDD, which the company said is designed specifically for always-on, one-to-five bay NAS systems.

The new drives are now available across EMEA in multiple capacities including a 4TB option, which Seagate claims is the industry's highest capacity NAS drive.

"Today about 50% of NAS arrays are sold diskless, meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.

"By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we've taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify the right drive for their system. By collaborating closely with a variety of partners who specialise in NAS systems, we're making what was a confusing effort into a plug-and-play one."

Featuring up to 4TB of storage, the drive now enables NAS systems such as those utilised in homes and small to midsize businesses (SMB) to provide up to 20TB of data in a five-bay NAS array.

Cost-effective drives built specifically for NAS solutions, the 4TB option has the capacity to store over 819,000 photos, 1m songs or nearly 500 hours of high-definition video content," Seagate said.

"It is also ideal for small businesses with large enough capacities to support CAD files, medical images and databases."

Seagate also said the NAS HDD offered a 10% performance advantage over its competitors for 24x7 NAS applications and was engineered for performance in always-on applications and the support of multiple HD video streams and user profiles.

The drive boasts "near-silent acoustics", operating below the range of audible sound for the human ear - as low as 1.9 bels, according to Seagate. It also features Seagate's own NASWorks technology, which is designed to improve drive reliability by supporting features that limit drive vibrations and support extended error recovery controls.

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