Seagate makes nearly half the hard disks in the world, so it only makes sense to be in the NAS business, too. Their new 2-Bay NAS units in the Business Storage line show how polished their network attached storage units have become over the past few years.
While larger businesses may feel the need for NAS units with four disks to support RAID-5, smaller businesses feel they're being plenty safe with two drive units running RAID-1 to mirror two identical disks. Although sold as either 8TB or 4TB models, listing total non-mirrored capacities, Seagate has the good sense to enable RAID-1 by default. The 8TB unit we tested had a usable capacity of almost 3.8TB after mirroring and system software.
The marketing buzzword bases are all covered, along with a couple of surprises. Make this your own private cloud? Check. Backup software for clients? Check. Backup the NAS to removable Universal Storage Module disks through a slot in the NAS? Surprise check.
Aiming at small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, Seagate execs say this is a straightforward NAS with lots of storage that doesn't need a reseller for installation and setup. However, a reseller will enforce smarter decisions, such as keeping the default driver mirroring. Even smarter, a reseller will remind the customer they should always increase their backup system by the same amount of new disk storage they add. Mirrored drives are NOT backup.