Seagate launches custom-made NAS hard drive

  • Available in multiple capacity points including a 4TB option, industry’s highest capacity NAS HDD solution
  • 4TB option can store over 819,000 photos, one million songs or nearly 500 hours of HD video content

Seagate launches custom-made NAS hard driveSEAGATE Technology has unveiled its new Seagate NAS HDD, a hard disk drive (HDD) it said was custom-built for always-on, one- to five-bay network attached storage (NAS) systems.
Engineered with performance and reliability in mind, the new drives are available in multiple capacity points including a 4TB (terabyte) option, which the company said was the industry’s highest capacity NAS HDD solution available.
The new drive was launched with strong industry support from nine NAS system partners, Seagate said in a statement.
“Today, about 50% of NAS arrays is sold diskless, meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.
“By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify the right drive for their system.
“By collaborating closely with a variety of partners who specialise in NAS systems, we’re making what was a confusing effort into a plug-and-play one,” he added.
Featuring up to 4TB of storage, the drive now enables NAS systems, such as those used in homes and small and medium businesses (SMBs), to provide up to 20TB of data in a five-bay NAS array. With over 30% capacity improvement over competitive offerings, the NAS HDD 4TB drive delivers the highest capacity available on the market, Seagate claimed.
The 4TB option has the capacity to store over 819,000 photos, one million songs or nearly 500 hours of high-definition (HD) video content – more than enough space for the average household. It is also ideal for small businesses with large enough capacities to support CAD (computer-aided design) files, medical images and databases, the company said.
“Households and SMBs continue to generate a significant amount of data, and need fast and reliable storage solutions,” said John Rydning, IDC's research vice president for hard disk drives.
“Rather than taking hours or days to transfer a large amount of digital content over the Internet to a cloud storage service provider, Seagate’s new NAS HDD provides a high-capacity solution for fast data transfers and backups on-premise over local networks,” he said.
The drive also features Seagate’s own NASWorks technology which improves drive reliability by supporting features that limit drive vibrations and support extended error recovery controls for better data integrity.
“D-Link prides itself on developing innovative and intuitive solutions. By adding Seagate’s new NAS HDD to our compatible product list, we continue to make it easy for our customers to choose the right storage and get the best experience and reliability from their D-Link NAS,” said Jocelyn Chung, D-Link vice president of marketing.
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