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Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay Rackmount NAS Review

Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay Rackmount NAS Review

Seagate’s first foray into the rack-mounted NAS world, Business Storage 8-Bay Rackmount, is something special. Not only does it pack eight 3.5-inch hard drives in a 1U chassis, but it also has great value – the 32TB model analyzed costs much less than the competition.

Seagate achieved this high storage density by opting for an Asus micro-ATX motherboard, an option that leaves room in the front of the chassis for two rows of four SATA LFF units.

Installing and replacing drives is simple: the drive bay cover opens slightly and attach a bracket by pressing back on the lock button, leaving it in a free compartment, sliding it to the combined power / SATA connector, and pressing down. .

Seagate is powered by a 2.3 GHz dual-core Celeron G1610T processor and is equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. The four SATA II ports and two SATA III ports on the motherboard provide six disk interfaces, while the other two are managed by a two-port SATA II card installed on a riser board.

In the back, the pair of Gigabit ports can be combined and there are three USB 2 ports for external devices. However, there are no USB 3 ports. Power redundancy is provided by a pair of 250W hot-plug power supplies. Seagate also includes sliding rack rails and a cable management arm.

The installation begins by pointing a web browser at the device and following a quick startup wizard. It loads the latest firmware, requests the name and password of an administrator system, and sets up a basic set of shares. The installation process creates a SimplyRAID array, which allows you to mix drives of different sizes in the same array and provide redundancy with a single drive. If necessary, you can remove this array and opt for SimplyRAID with double redundancy or you can create standard mirrors, stripes, RAID5 or RAID6 instead.

The web interface of the device provides a clear description of the status of all services. Shares are easy to create and access can be controlled with local lists of users and groups or by joining a Windows domain. Support covers SMB, NFS, AFP and FTP / SFTP access, and a useful feature is the ability to enable each service on certain network ports. Multimedia features include an iTunes server and support for streaming media to UPnP / DLNA devices.

Basic specifications

RAID capacity

connection

Ethernet ports

USB connection?

Physical

size

software

Software provided

Yes
Two
Yes
43.5 x 772 x 17.5 mm (width)
Seagate Constellation ES.3

Seagate’s TappIn service allows you to access remote shared resources over the Internet through a web browser or dedicated Android and iOS applications. From the web browser portal, you can view shares, create new folders, and upload or download files, and the iOS app provides remote access to shares and the media server. However, it is not as advanced as Synology or Qnap mobile applications, which also provide status details on device usage, disk status, and storage usage.

Workstation backup software is not included, but there is no shortage of options. Seagate may act as a repository for third-party support products; is compatible with Apple Time Machine; and can be replicated to other rsync compatible devices.

The device also connects to the cloud backup service hosted by LaCie, Wuala. After installing the local Wuala application, you can connect it to the shared resources on your device and run scheduled backups, or opt for continuous synchronization. The Wuala application maps your external drive to a local letter so that you can restore files from its user interface or by dragging and dropping. It worked well during our tests, but the free 5 GB storage doesn’t go too far – a 100 GB business package for 5 users costs around 320 GBP per year.

NAS Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay Rackmount NAS

Performance is good overall. Drag and drop copies of a 2.52 GB Gigabit video that comes with read and write speeds of 105 MB / sec and 101 MB / sec, respectively. The FTP speed with the FileZilla utility was also respectable, with a 22.4 GB folder filled with 10,500 small files being copied at 72 MB / sec.

IP SAN support is also provided, allowing you to choose a size for your iSCSI target and apply CHAP authentication if needed. The performance is good, Iomet reporting the raw read performance for a 1 TB target of 112 MB / s, which is fast. However, thin provisioning and LUN backup are not available.

There is a disadvantage in packing a 1U chassis with eight LFF disk drives. In the tests, the outermost units operated at approximately 45 ° C, and the two rear indoor units, which are located where cooling is least efficient, reached 51 ° C; the lid was hot to the touch. You will want to make sure that the device has enough airflow around it and avoid putting anything directly above the chassis.

Compared to Qnap TS-870U-RP recommended by PC Pro , The 8-compartment rack-mount NAS for enterprise storage lacks features and does not have the 10GbE support of the former. That being said, I would not completely rule out Seagate. The 32 TB model is competitively priced, offers unbeatable storage density and is not delicate when it comes to performance.

Basic specifications

RAID capacity

connection

Ethernet ports

USB connection?

Physical

size

software

Software provided

Yes
Two
Yes
43.5 x 772 x 17.5 mm (width)
Seagate Constellation ES.3