Seagate outs industry's first 12TB NAS


October 3, 2010

The 12TB BlackArmor NAS 440 network storage serve from Seagate

The 12TB BlackArmor NAS 440 network storage serve from Seagate

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Seagate has managed to squeeze a whopping 12TB of storage into a new 4-bay network attached storage unit (NAS) that's about the same size as the subwoofer on my surround sound system. The BlackArmor NAS 440 small business solution can support up to 50 workstations, offers data encryption, is both Windows and Mac compatible and sports a foursome of USB ports for extra connectivity.

As more and more businesses go digital, the need for storage space increases. For small concerns with less than 50 employees, Seagate has unveiled what it claims to be the industry's first 12TB, four-bay NAS. Initially, the BlackArmor NAS 440 network storage server will come shipped with four hot-swappable 3TB drives which can be RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or JBOD configured and will be available exclusively from Seagate and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of US$1,899.99.

The BlackArmor NAS 440 server comes with support for Microsoft Active Directory that enables user and group population, hardware-based encryption, included online access and ftp functionality and is DNLA compliant. Full system backup and recovery is offered courtesy of SafetyDrill+ software and there's email event notification too. The status of the servers can also be viewed on the unit's onboard LCD screen. Other features include Access Control List support, multi-volume management capability and volume level encryption.

The 8.15 x 6.3 x 10.59-inch (207 x 160 x 269mm) NAS is said to offer easy configuration and setup, is both Windows and Mac compatible and sports four USB ports for extra connectivity, a 1.2GHz processor, 256MB of memory and two Ethernet ports for local network connection.

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good, Hopefully this means Seagate will be releasing their internal 3TB drive soon.


Nice little box but like a lot of these storage devices, I think it\'s too expense. I\'ll explain and I\'m assuming that price will translate to about $2400 in Australia despite our currency being about to pass the US dollar. You can pick up 6 x 2 TB drives for $840 in Oz and you can build a serviceable computer for under $500. Throw in a nice UPS and you\'ve got more basic capability (a whole computer) than this device for at least $700 less. There is definite value in the software and streamlining that this device will have built in but if you are running a business big enough to need that much storage, you are likely to have someone there who can build one or more servers and integrate them into your system. Hell, build 2 boxes for total redundancy and keep one off mains power and the network aside from when backing up the first one. Basically, I am sure these things will sell but I\'d build a better box for a lot less and spend the difference on beer for my hard working staff!


Looks like a Drobo knock-off to me...

Tony Morrill

Well if this device works as well as my 2 failed Freeagent external drives.... Both drive\'s USB controllers died slightly used and premature deaths. Pried the cases open and the drives work fine via the SATA ports. I might by another Seagate internal drive but I will never buy another Seagate external device. Friends have lost their Freeagent drives as well. The drives are working fine in Vantec enclosures. Maybe Seagate should contract Vantec to make it\'s external devices to put their internal drives in. Just a suggestion!

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