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Seagate enters rackmount NAS market

Releases 4-32TB density storage solutions in 8-bay and 4-bay 1U rackmount form factors

Seagate enters rackmount NAS market

At this year's GITEX Technology Week, Seagate Technology announced a broadening of its enterprise storage portfolio with the release of its Seagate Business Storage rackmount NAS, delivering centralised backup, data protection and remote access to critical information for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Available in 8-bay and 4-bay 1U rackmount form factors in capacities ranging from 4TB to 32TB, the new rackmounts are said to provide "the performance needed for businesses to support multiple simultaneous connections and enable everyone within an organisation to easily backup and share files". 

"Thousands of small and medium businesses around the world already depend on Seagate NAS solutions," said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate.

"Now we're taking the lead by delivering the industry's highest density storage solution. With the industry's first hot-swappable 8-bay 1U rackmount NAS and our new 4-bay rackmount NAS, our new solutions will take the lead in this category with top performance and the highest capacity at an approachable price point for our SMB customers."

Designed to backup all Windows and Mac computers within a network to a single centralised location, the new NAS solutions are compatible with backup software for Windows PCs and are also compatible with Apple's Time Machine software for Mac OS X computers. Additionally, the 8-bay and 4-bay rackmount NAS solutions feature the new Seagate NAS OS, which has been redesigned from the ground up with a Web-based dashboard for managing the server from the office or the road.

Anywhere-access is delivered with the integrated Wuala cloud service and business-focused apps for PC Mac and smartphone and tablet. The free Wuala app automatically syncs files and makes them accessible from mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Because the files are encrypted and transferred directly from the NAS to the recipients, business-critical files remain private and secure.

The 8-bay rackmount NAS is designed for organisations of up to 250 employees and is powered by Seagate's NAS OS, featuring an Intel 2.3GHz dual-core processor and eight 3.5-inch Enterprise Capacity (formerly Constellation ES.3) drives that are hot-swappable for easy storage upgrades and maintenance.

Designed for companies of up to 100 employees, the 4-bay rackmount is designed for high-performance storage capacity on a budget. It features 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," Seagate claimed. "With a 2.13GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, the 4-bay rackmount NAS delivers impressive file transfer performance for this category of storage. Plus, the built-in support for iSCSI enables maximum performance and compatibility for virtualized environments.

The 8-bay 1U rackmount ranges from $3000 for the 8TB model to $6000 for the 32TB model. The 4-bay 1U rackmount will be available later this quarter. The rackmount itself will be available without drives for $1000. The lowest capacity 4TB model will retail at approximately $1300 and $2500 for the 16TB model.

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