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Seagate NAS 2-Bay
by Staff Writers | Oct 19, 2015 | Comment Now
Seagate NAS 2-Bay

"... decent value despite the speed shortcomings."

* Price at time of review
The slowest device on test overall, but with 8TB of storage included it is at least good value.

A s one of the leading hard-drive manufacturers, Seagate is hardly a surprise entry this month. Its business NAS range includes two- and four-drive options; our sample was the two-drive version. This is a serious-looking black box with twin hot-swap bays on the front. Only a single Gigabit Ethernet port is available, but there are USB 3 ports front and back.
The 2-Bay is available with 4TB, 8TB or 10TB of storage. Ours was the medium option, sporting a pair of 4TB Seagate ST4000VN000 drives; these are NAS-specific units rated for 8,670 power-on hours (around one year) and one million hours of MTBF, with a three-year warranty. The drives can be configured as RAID0, 1 and JBOD. 

The-web configuration interface is user-friendly, with decent features. Network-protocol support is comprehensive, with SMB, NFS and AFP all present, alongside HTTP and HTTPS, FTP, SFTP and WebDAV. There’s 10-LUN/device iSCSI support, making the 2-Bay fit for more corporate environments.

There’s an open API for third-party apps, which can be installed via the web interface. Seagate’s apps include antivirus, a surveillance manager for attached IP cameras, and a cloud backup manager. There’s a Plex app to turn the NAS into a media server, BitTorrent Sync, and the WordPress blogging platform, among others, making this a flexible and general-purpose NAS. Overall, though, the app selection isn’t as extensive as some other manufacturers’.

With a 1.2GHz ARM processor and 512MB of DDR3 memory, this isn’t the meatiest NAS in terms of hardware, and it shows in the performance. The 2-Bay was the slowest when writing the large file at only 54MB/sec – less than half the speed of the fastest drives – although performance was much more acceptable when reading it back. It was particularly slow for the multi-file backup. It’s not all gloom for Seagate, though: the two 4TB hard disks would set you back around $500 on their own, so it’s decent value despite the speed shortcomings.

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