Seagate gives small businesses some Armor

The company's new BlackArmor network-attached storage products are being pitched at the low end of the SME market

Seagate has announced the latest in its range of BlackArmor network-attached storage products, which are aimed at small businesses looking for data-backup protection.

The new products were unveiled on Tuesday. There are two network servers in the range: the BlackArmor NAS 420 network server and the BlackArmor NAS 440 network server. The NAS 420, which offers 2TB of storage for $799.99 (£549), has four bays — two empty and two fitted with drives.

The NAS 440 has four bays, all fitted with drives. The 4TB version costs $1,199.99, the 6TB version $1,699.99 and the 8TB version $1,999.99.

The products are scheduled to be released in May, the company said in a statement.

Seagate said in the statement that the products were most suitable for use in a company with around 50 employees, which puts them at the low end of the SME market. The products support Windows XP and Vista, as well as Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.

For security, they have individual file or entire volume encryption with software management for access control at file and folder level with password protection, Seagate said. They also come with a bare metal restore-and-recovery CD to protect against hardware failure.

The drives also have "continuous and automatic backup of business-critical data on up to 50 networked computers", Seagate said, with full-system backup and RAID options for data protection and redundancy.

Seagate BlackArmor
Seagate's latest storage and backup drives have up to 8TB of NAS storage with some data protection