Aiming way above basic consumer equipment, this Seagate drive squeezes a small business option in at just under a $1000, with plenty of the features available around its price point. The system is designed to handle around 25 users at a time, not suited for larger office environments but a decent option for places without a massive network infrastructure, with onboard software that allows control of user’s permissions and maintenance without help from an in-house IT specialist.
Out of the box the system can be ready to use in only a few minutes, connecting up to a network via a Gigabit connection and powered by a 1.2GHz ARM processor and 512MB of DDR3 RAM, this NAS drive is smart and very self sufficient needing very little interaction once it has been set up.
Once it is up and running, authorised users can interact with the device through a web browser via Seagate’s own NAS OS 4 system, and though a little limited as far as apps go, users still have access to antivirus software, personal cloud storage programs, and even a Wordpress server if owners of this NAS product want to locally run their own website.
There is room for expansion in the future with additional functionality added via software, but the apps that are available at this stage offer all the functionality that is required to get the most out of this product, although nothing really unique is on offer, or is required.
Thanks to an internal fan and a low power CPU, the system is designed to run 24/7 if need be, with power saving settings to schedule the drive to spin down outside of office hours and to help increase its lifespan.
Though software is a tad limited and the price is well above personal network storage options, the Seagate 2-bay NAS is a great product for an expanding business or small studios in need of some centralised storage.