Save Large Amounts of Data with the Seagate 2-Bay NAS Server
If you haven’t gotten on the bandwagon lately and looked into NAS, you may be missing out on one of the most exciting technological advancements for the home since the advent of Dogs Playing Poker paintings. Okay, a little more advanced than that. Network attached storage (NAS) is becoming increasingly popular among home entertainment enthusiasts, archivists, and small, work-at-home entrepreneurs.
The reason? Network attached storage allows you the freedom to store large volumes of digital data and access that data from within your network. You can put every baby picture, every video, every freelanced article you’ve ever written in one place, and access that data from a client meeting, in a class, or at your mom’s house. And the ability to share those files with others cuts back on miscommunication, flash drive storage mishaps (I just had a flash memory card freak out on me—something to do with the NFTS partition—and I lost valuable data on the way to a meeting), or other miscues. What’s on the NAS stays on the NAS, just like Las Vegas.
There are a number of NAS manufacturers out there, and each offers something in their enclosures that sets them apart. A fully loaded enclosure should have the basics—the ability to centralize tasks through a stable and efficient operating system, speedy transfer rates, the ability to interface with a large variety of protocols (like FTP, SMTP mail servers and printer protocols), and RAID management. Throw in remote mobile access, enhanced browser support, and a couple of security measures and you have my vote.
The Seagate NAS 2-Bay enclosure has that and more. Available as a stand-alone unit, or in various capacities from 2TB to 20TB with drives included (like the 4TB or 8TB version that B&H sells), this server has all of the amenities mentioned, and a few extra. Starting from the top, the Seagate 2 Bay NAS is enveloped in the feature-rich Seagate NAS OS 4 environment, which will aid and assist any user, from the home networker to the small business IT manager, in areas like remote access, app management, RAID arrays, DLNA and other entertainment-based protocols, and download management. You can monitor everything from storage capacity to system performance through the icon-based GUI, and you can manage all of your backup options as well, including backing up to an external drive, another NAS, or cloud services.
The apps always make a difference with NAS servers, and the fully loaded Seagate NAS turns on the power and performance with a series of apps that may make the difference between a purchase and a pass. Included are two apps you’ll find both useful and productive. The Seagate Antivirus app delivers daily updates, email notifications and background scanning—all necessary if you share your files, or in a workgroup situation. They also include the Seagate Surveillance Manager, which can turn your NAS into a full-fledged NVR (network video recorder) with support for thousands of camera types, simple setup and auto detection for IP cameras, and the ability to limit the recording to event-based only (the camera only records if something is happening on screen, which saves on storage space).
Another useful app is the Sdrive. With the Sdrive app, you’re allowed unlimited and easy access to your NAS server—wherever you have an Internet connection. The file-based app turns your NAS into a regular file folder for familiarity, so you can access, move and manage files like you would in any folder on your PC or Mac.
The Specs Say it All
Now, down to the nitty-gritty. The hardware is powered by a 1.2GHz ARM processor, enhanced by 512MB of DDR 3 RAM. That’s enough power to handle the server side of the equation—you shouldn’t have any problem with downloading torrents or sharing files with that muscle.
The diskless 2-bay unit includes dual SATA II channels and hot-swappable trays to support the inclusion of 2.5" and 3.5" hard disk drives. Although you can always purchase your own drives for the diskless model, the Seagate hard drives included in the loaded pre-configured enclosures are all 24/7 NAS drives, built especially for server environments. They come in different varieties, including NAS-specific models, from 1TB to 4TB in 2.5" and 3.5" form factors, and enterprise-capacity drives for big data solutions in capacities of 1TB to 6TB, all available in SATA interfaces. You can hot-swap disks, and even mix disks of different capacities through a software controller.
Although the diskless unit can’t be pre-loaded with RAID configurations (you can use the Seagate SimplyRAID application to configure new hard drives), the units that contain hard drives can be configured for RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD. There’s even a built in Rescue Mode for data recovery and Auto RAID Migration for transferring data between disks.
The network file protocols that the 2-bay supports include all of the necessary ones you need to do business, including HTTP(S), SMTP, FTP, and UPnP, among others. This allows you to build a mail server, FTP server, or any other type of shared file service for a small home or office network.
If entertainment and digital file streaming is what you need, this unit supports all of the standard protocols, and can do double duty as a DLNA-compatible media streamer. It can also double as a UPnP (universal plug-and-play) or iTunes (DAAP) media streamer.
To get your files from anywhere in the world, you can gain remote access via another PC or Mac, or through iOS and Android mobile devices. You can also access the Sdrive mentioned earlier without port forwarding, which will save you time and hassles, since port-forwarding can be a real pain sometimes, especially when configuring game servers.
Full backup solutions are also a benefit to any server, and this one includes Time Machine support, NAS-to-NAS backup, backup to externals, or even backup to popular web-based cloud storage services like Amazon S3 or Box.com. You can even back up or restore via CIFS/NFS/HTTP or FTP.
The connectivity includes dual 10/100/1000 Base-TX Gigabit Ethernet ports, dual USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 ports, and LED indicators for power and activity. The system-based management tool also lets you monitor hardware status, like the chassis, board, and fan.
With so many options to manage your data, the only question left is how much data you want to store. With capacities up to 20TB, you have a lot of room to hold all of your digital collection. Home streaming your movie or audio collections? No problem. Storing or backing up your business-sensitive records? No problem. Finding a secure place for your professional photos or videos? No problem. Seagate takes pains to make sure your entire digital life is safe and secure—without a problem.
|Seagate - 2-Bay NAS Enclosure|
|Seagate NAS OS 4 (embedded Linux)|
|Enclosure Only, 4TB (2 x 2TB), 8TB (2 x 4TB)|
|Single Gigabit Network interface|
|DHCP and static IP|
|IPv4 / IPv6|
|Network File Protocols and Services|
|FTP / sFTP|
|External: EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+|
|iSCSI Block Storage|
|10 LUN/10 targets|
|ARM 1.2GHz processor|
|Small desktop form factor Chassis|
|Power on/off button|
|System reset button (pinhole)|
|Kensington Security Slot|
|LED for power and disk activity|
|2 x USB 3.0 Ports|
|2 x 10/100/1000 Base-TX|
|2 x SATA II channels|
|Hot swappable HDD trays|
|Support of 2.5- and 3.5-inch HDD|
|Diskless: Support HDD on "hard drive compatibility list"|
|Preconfigured model built with Seagate 3.5" NAS HDD|
|RAID and Data Management|
|Auto RAID migration, volume expansion, and HDD mix and match|
|Rescue mode for volume recovery|
|Network recycle bin|
|HTTPS access to management UI|
|Windows Active Directory support|
|Password authentication and access control|
|User, user group|
|Secure Shell (SSH)|
|AES 256-bit volume encryption|
|CHAP authentication for iSCSI target|
|Web-based GUI through HTTP/HTTPS|
|System resource monitoring (CPU, memory, network)|
|Hardware monitoring (chassis, board, fan status)|
|Event log and management|
|Product discovery with Seagate Network Assistant|
|NAS OS installer for diskless setup|
|Rescue mode and restore to factory settings|
|Automatic and manual firmware update|
|System configuration backup / restore|
|Alert management and email notification|
|12V/48W, 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz|
|• Operation mode:|
|• Power-saving mode:|
|• WOL mode:|
|Scheduled power on / off|
|Power-saving mode w/disk spin-down|
|Auto power-on after power outage|
|UPS support for graceful shutdown (USB and network via SNMP)|
|170/6.69 H x 120/4.72 W x 218/8.58 D|
|Weight, without HDD (kg/lb)|
|• Operating (°C): 0 to 40|
|• Nonoperating (°C): –40 to 65|
|Relative Humidity, Operating/Nonoperating (non-condensing, %): 0 to 80/0 to 95|
|Windows XP®, Vista, 7, 8|
|Windows Server 2003/2008R2/2012|
|Mac OS 10.6 and later|
|Supported Browsers (Latest Versions)|
|English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Czech|
|UPnP A/V media server|
|iTunes™ (DAAP) server|
|MTP and PTP support|
|Photo browser and audio streaming through web interface|
|Support of third-party backup software|
|Time Machine™ backup|
|Manual or scheduled backup job to back up NAS to/from external USB drive|
|NAS-to-NAS backup, compression options (incremental or full)|
|NAS to/from Rysnc server, local or remote|
|Back up and restore via CIFS/NFS/HTTP/FTP|
|Back up to Amazon S3|
|Back up to Box.com|
|Back up and restore system configuration|
|Remote access with PC, Mac, smartphone and tablet (iOS, Android)|
|Sdrive™ cloud-based secure remote access (no port forwarding needed)|
|MyNAS web-based remote access|
|HTTP/FTP remote access with customer configuration|
|App Manager and Apps|
|Open API for third-party applications|
|– Available app packages for customized installation|
|– Pre–installed apps|
|– Web–based GUI for install/delete/run/suspend apps|
|Surveillance Manager (NVR)|
|Support up to 1000+ network cameras|
|Local and remote LiveView|
|Search and timeline-based playback|
|Camera and event management|
|Support up to four camera licenses|
|License management (includes 1 free camera license)|
|Mobile app and surveillance client|