Many small business owners operate without any dedicated IT support, while sole proprietors often find that one of the many hats they have to wear is that of CTO. Even if you are technically minded, the time commitment often needed to keep equipment up and running can take you away from your core business goals. What small businesses need is easy-to-use, reliable equipment. With this exact scenario in mind, Seagate Technology has just added two new network storage devices, the BlackArmor NAS 420 and BlackArmor NAS 440 servers, to its growing family of BlackArmor secure storage solutions.
Both BlackArmor NAS devices ship as "fully-contained, out-of-box solutions with user-serviceable,
[tool-less] hot-swappable drives that are RAID-configurable 0/1/5/10 arrays
," and are designed to serve the file storage needs of up to 50 workstations. The 420 and 440 are actually the same device--the only difference between them is that the 420 comes with two of its four drive bays populated, while the 440 comes with drives already residing in its four drive bays. (Note that you need at least three drives for RAID 5, and four drives for RAID 10.)
The BlackArmor NAS comes in a black chassis that measures 8.15 x 6.3 x 10.59-inches (HWD), and features a small LCD status display. The device has an onboard 1.2GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports (for "port failover protection or... for NAS to NAS replication
"), and four USB 2.0 ports. It comes populated with 7,200-rpm Seagate SATA hard drives. Seagate claims that the BlackArmor is capable of "read speeds of up to 50MB/s in RAID 5 configuration."
The BlackArmor NAS supports CIFS, NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, Bonjour, Microsoft Rally network, and Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory. The device supports share folder level Access Control List (ACL) support as well as volume-level encryption. You can set quotas and event e-mail notifications. Its USB ports can accommodate external drives for additional storage or removable backups for offsite storage, or can turn virtually any USB printer into a networked printer. And since a NAS device should offer some fun as well, the BlackArmor NAS can also act as and iTunes server and a DLNA-compliant digital media server.
Bundled software includes backup software for up to 10 Windows clients (additional client licenses are available). The backup software can be set to "continuous and automatic, incremental and full-system backup. In the event of PC hardware failure, you can utilize the bare metal restore feature to recover your entire system, including the operating system, programs and settings
." Remote access to the BlackArmor NAS is available via Seagate's free Seagate Global Access
The BlackArmor NAS 420 comes with two of it four drive bays populated, has a total storage capacity of 2TB, and has an MSRP of $799.99. The BlackArmor NAS 440 comes with all four of its drive bays populated--with the 4TB version selling for $1,199.99 and the 6TB version with a $1,699.99 price tag. All three versions are available now, with an 8TB version due out in May.