You can spend $800 or more on a Networked Attached Storage (NAS) box for storing your data, but what if you just want cheap network storage without all the extras?
The new four-bay Business Storage from Seagate is one option. With a price of $489, this particular NAS device is geared towards the small business or home office user that needs a centralised backup solution and remote access to critical business information and not much else.
Like most NAS devices you can expect to automate backups of all the PC and Mac computers in your office to a single centralised location. Like many NAS boxes these days, you can access your data remotely via apps on your smartphone and tablet or as a network folder on your laptop.
The Seagate has several USB 3.0 ports and a slot that lets you plug in a removable external drives on the front of the device - you can backup the data on your NAS to this external drive, pull it out, and take it out of your home so you have a copy if your house is hit by fire or flood.
This NAS doesn't have all the advanced features common in more expensive storage boxes from brands like Synology and QNAP. Features like the ability to use the device as a web server to host your own web site, or the ability to add more functions and features through add-on applications, virtualisation options and quicker file transfer speeds.
By comparison, a the four bay NAS from Synology, the DS 412+, retails for $820 at Officeworks. QNAP’s four bay NAS, the TS-419, retails for $835.
One thing to keep in mind is that all four bays of the Seagate Business NAS must be filled with hard drives of the same capacity, unlike the competing models from Synology and QNAP.