Seagate Technology Inc. (NYSE: STX) on Tuesday said it plans to expand the BlackArmor brand of disc drives to include a broad portfolio of small-business storage products, including network-attached storage, direct-attached storage for workstations and portable devices.
Introduced last year, the BlackArmor brand started as a portable drive with disc encryption. The expanded family of products will be offered as a business alternative to Seagate's FreeAgent consumer brand. The new products will include priority support and extended warranties meant to appeal to small businesses.
"We've become keenly aware that small businesses are a sector of the market with specific needs when it comes to their storage solutions," Jon van Bronkhorst, executive director of product marketing for Seagate's Consumer Solutions, said in a statement.
BlackArmor products are tailored for small offices with up to 50 PCs or Macs, as well as self-employed professionals, such as financial consultants and accountants looking to securely store, share and back up client information. Medical offices looking for storage for patient records are another target.
The first two products are the NAS 440 and NAS 420 servers, which are fully contained hardware with user-serviceable, hot-swappable drives that are RAID configurable disc arrays. Later this year, Seagate plans to introduce BlackArmor direct-attached storage for workstations and portable storage devices.