Seagate has expanded its Network-Attached Storage (NAS) HDD storage drive lineup with an 8 terabyte model geared toward small businesses, home offices and creative professionals.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based hard drive maker said the NAS HDD is a drop-in replacement for existing 3.5-inch products in one to eight bay tower enclosures.
If used in an eight-bay configuration, the drives can deliver up to 64 terabytes in a single desktop form factor. While that figure could be viewed as overkill for some small businesses, Seagate posits that such a storage requirement is inevitable, even for SMBs, as data volumes are expected to increase "dramatically" over the next several years.
Seagate also touts the NAS drives for their cost efficiency and ease-of-use, particularly in the areas of backup and disaster recovery, multimedia storage, archiving, file sharing and virtualization.
The NAS HDD release follows a string of similar product rollouts throughout 2015, including a high-performance enterprise version. Seagate expects wide-scale availability for the new lineup by the end of the current quarter.