Seagate has introduced a new line of NAS (network attached storage) solutions dubbed BlackArmor and aimed at SOHO (small office, home office) environments where there's little or no IT support. Providing up to 8TB of capacity, the BlackArmor servers come in NAS 440 and NAS 420 models, each a four-bay device populated with hot-swappable disk drives; the former comes with two drives and the latter ships with four.
Each device features an on-board LCD with settings, status information and event alerts, a management utility that promises easy configuration and data access, continuous and automatic data backup from up to 50 networked computers, RAID options, password protection and encryptions options, and remote access.
The NAS 420 sells for US$799.99 and the NAS 440 sells for $1,199.99 for the 4TB version, $1,699.99 for 6TB, and $1,999.99 for 8TB. Both work with Mac OS X version 10.4.11 as well as Windows XP and Vista.