You may have noticed we didn't publish the multi-client test results on the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS. The system wouldn't complete the test without errors. We haven't tested other Windows on Atom NAS products, but we routinely test Xeon and Core i7 processors on Windows with the test.
120 clients is more than what this system was designed for, but other NAS products with the same processor handle the test very well, like Seagate's Business Storage 8-bay in a 1u NAS that we reviewed a few months ago. The difference is Windows, and it really shouldn't be a surprise to know that Windows is a resource hog.
Then again, Windows on this product does help in an environment without a dedicated IT administrator, or a computer guy on speed dial. Windows is familiar, easy to use, and at this point it's almost encoded in our DNA. Everyone simply knows and understands Windows; if there is something you don't understand there are a million websites that can guide you.
The reality is, most data on NAS products is written once and read back just a few times. The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS is perfect for those situations.
If you are archiving data, then this product is very good, but if you plan to write a large amounts of data routinely, then a Seagate NAS without Windows would be a better fit.
PRICING: You can find the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (4TB) retails for $907.88 at Amazon, the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (8TB) retails for $1,239.60 at Amazon, theSeagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (12TB) retails for $1,408.24 at Amazon, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (16TB) retails for $1,604.06 at Amazon.
Canada: The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (4TB) retails for $1,251.86 at Amazon Canada, the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (8TB) retails for $1,712.35 at Amazon Canada, the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (12TB) retails for $1,974.91 at Amazon Canada, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS (16TB) retails for $2,237.46 at Amazon Canada.
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