Seagate touts simplicity in NAS OS 4 drives for small businesses

Plug it in and away you go

Seagate has lifted the lid on two new NAS drives aimed at small businesses and home office users.

Both the new Seagate NAS and NAS Pro are available in 2- and 4-bay configurations and come with the latest version of Seagate's NAS operating system, NAS OS 4, which counts remote access, cloud backup, an app manager and RAID support among its features.

The Seagate NAS, which features an ARM-based Marvell dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 512MB RAM, is designed to support small businesses and home offices with up to 25 users.

It's available now starting £199 (around £341, or AU$364) for the 2-bay 2TB capacity model, which rises to £399 (around $638, or AU$730) for the 2-bay 8TB version. The 4-bay version range starts at £379 (around $649, or AU$694) for 4TB model, rising to £749 (around $1,282, or $1,372) for a chunky 16TB.

Prosumer option

The NAS Pro ups the internal horsepower by opting for an Intel dual-core 1.7GHz C2000 Series CPU backed up by 2GB RAM to chew through demanding tasks.

It can support up to 50 home or office users and provides enough bandwidth to support fast and frequent file sharing between employees, according to Seagate, in addition to multiple applications running simultaneously.

The NAS Pro also comes with support for both Seagate and third-party apps, with the following five installed off-the-bat:

  • Seagate Antivirus (scans the drive to ward off malware and viruses)
  • Seagate Surveillance Manager: supports recording of footage through IP cameras
  • WordPress: a free open-source publishing platform
  • Own Cloud: Provides access to files stored on the drive over the internet
  • BitTorrent Sync: Torrent tool that allows secure sharing of unlimited files and folders

The NAS Pro range, which is already available now and includes 2-, 4- and 6-bay models, starts at £399 (around $683, or AU$731) for the 4TB model, which rises £1,839 (around $3,149, or $3,368) for 30TB.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.