NAS products are equal parts hardware performance and software features; one complements the other in a balanced product. You need more hardware performance to run more software features at the same time.
What could we possibly say about Windows? When it comes to features, software add-on packages, and so forth, it has it all. Like other NAS products with software add-on packages, you need processor power and DRAM to run them. Since Windows consumes a fair amount of system resources on its own, you need to be careful of what you install.
We need to look deeper at the hardware before we can dive into the software. The Device Manager screenshot shows the hardware we care about. The NAS uses Seagate NAS specific hard drives with NASWARE technology. The drives run on software RAID in the machine, and that takes quite a bit of system resources alone.
The Windows Storage Server 2012 operating system is a slimmer version of Windows Server 2012.
Seagate adds their touch to Storage Server 2012 with custom software that monitors the NAS and gives users shortcuts to settings in Windows, so you don't even have to have a deep understanding of Windows Server to configure your NAS.
We're going to roll through the different options for Seagate's System Monitor software.
60GB of space is sectioned off for the operating system, and after the redundancy from the array, end users are left with 10.7TB for storage on the 16TB system.