Seagate recently released its new line of NAS and NAS Pro storage. The NAS (network attached storage) series comes in 2 and 4-bay models, while the NAS Pro series is available in 2, 4, and 6-bay models.
Seagate’s NAS OS 4 user interface is new, and has a redesigned Device Manager for easy access to settings and preferences. This UI promises to make it easier for businesses to manage without a dedicated IT team. While both the NAS and NAS Pro series are aimed at the business users, they also suit the demands of the consumers and enthusiasts looking for higher specs at a good price.
The Seagate NAS series is geared toward SOHO users and comes with a Marvel Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It is currently available for purchase and pricing starts at $169 (2 bay) and $299 (4 bay) for diskless setup. Its direct competition is Synology’s DS214 ($299) and DS414 ($479), which feature a Marvell Armada XP Dual Core 1.066GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM.
The higher spec NAS Pro series comes with the newest Intel dual core 1.7GHz C2000 series processor and 2GB of RAM. This is a high-spec unit available at the following price points: $349 (2 bay) and $499 (4 bay). The NAS Pro competes with QNAP’s TS-269L ($349) and TS-469L ($539).
While Seagate is relatively new to the network attached storage market, the company has introduced five new SOHO/SMB products with competitive pricing.
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These are expensive for what they offer and after suffering through the buyers remorse of purchasing a 2 bay diskless NAS enclosure that could not expand i just build my own.Reply
I just built my own, and I wanted an 8-Bay so I could have 4 for RAID and another 4 as backup to the RAID array.Reply
Unfortunately there is not a huge choice of 8-Bay NAS cases with hot swappable cages. The good news is there are a few such NAS cases like the Silverstone DS380 and U-Nas NSC-800. Grab one of these with a mini-ITX board, an i3 or Pentium, 4-8 GB of RAM, a small 300w PSU, an HBA, and several WD Reds' and you're good to go!
If you do still want to mess with the hassle and rather just go with a pre-built appliance route, I recommend the ASUSTOR AS-608T or QNAP TS-869 or Synology DS1813.
Also I decided to go with Software RAID, because onboard motherboard hardware RAID or buying a cheap RAID card have a high chance to fail on you within 5 years! Try ZFS if you're adventurous, or WHS if you're not into Linux.