If you haven't heard of Seagate's BlackArmor NAS servers, including the 220 and the 440 models, you didn't miss much or you have missed everything. Almost four years since first introduced, they are now obsolete.
Seagate announced today the replacements, a totally new line of network attached storage servers for small businesses or professional consumers, called Business Storage NAS. The new servers promise to offer a lot more, with faster speeds, better cloud integration, and a host of features.
The storage vendor says the new servers offer powerful backup solutions for Windows, Mac (with native support for Time Machine), and the support for RAIDs (save the single-volume model). The new family include a single-volume server (NAS one-bay), a dual-bay (NAS two-bay), and a four-bay (NAS four-bay) versions. All of them feature USB 3.0, Android-based and iOS-based mobile apps (similar to that of the Seagate Wireless Plus), remote access, and easy management.
The two-bay and four-bay versions also comes with a unique Universal Storage Module (USM) slot that can be used with Backup Plus portable drives (or certain models of the GoFlex portable drive) to provide a simple and cost-effective method for off-site backups. Seagate's USM slot was first introduced at CES 2011 and allows Seagate's portable drives to work as removable storage media, the way ZIP disks worked with a ZIP drive.
The new Seagate Business NAS servers are available now with prices starting at $200 and going up to $1500, depending on configurations and capcities. Check back soon for their full reviews.