LaCie has been producing computer hardware accessories and external hard drives since 1992. The company focuses on combining design and technology to make great products. Their hard drives are consistently some of the most unique on the market. Earlier this month, LaCie released the 5big NAS for Small Businesses, 5big Thunderbolt RAID with capacity up to 20 TB, and a Limited Edition ‘Blade Runner’ drive designed by Starck with a very unique angular cage-like metal shell.
5big NAS Pro
The 5big NAS Pro with a high-performance 5-bay network-attached storage solution powered by Intel. Using hybrid cloud technology, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro lets employees collaborate easily using a single interface for both network/cloud storage and remote access. Plus, data stays secure thanks to novice-friendly SimplyRAID and client-side cloud encryption. In addition to industry-standard RAID modes (5, 5+spare, 1**, or 0), the LaCie 5big NAS Pro ships with SimplyRAID, which makes RAID management easy. The LaCie 5big NAS Pro, design by Neil Poulton, is available this quarter in 0TB, 10TB and 20TB capacities. The 5big NAS Pro comes with a three year warranty. 0TB costs $529, 10TB costs $1,199 (only $948 via Amazon), 20TB costs $2,199.
Editor’s Note: Some users have reported that this particular unit is unreliable and provides slow performance. Do you own a 5big NAS Pro? Post your experiences below in the comments.
5big Thunderbolt RAID
Packed into the same shell as the NAS Pro version, the 5big Thunderbolt Series is a massive and lightning-fast five-bay RAID solution. The LaCie 5big features capacity up to 20TB and speeds up to 785MB/s* thanks to five 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0. With this excellent combination of capacity and performance, video professionals have all they need for post-production work including the ability to edit multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams. The LaCie 5big can also be used as a JBOD array. With five working days a week, an IT manager can assign each disk to a daily backup. It is an ideal backup companion to a Mac Mini Server for businesses that need a professional IT setup. The unit uses a Noctua cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts to provide quiet yet effective cooling for the five hard drives its capable of holding. This drive is available in 10TB and 20TB capacities.
LaCie Blade Runner (Philippe Starck Limited Edition)
The LaCie Blade Runner is more than just a beautifully designed hard drive – it’s a creation by world famous designer Philippe Starck that represents the combination of human and machine. The LaCie Blade Runner’s sharp, cage-like enclosure surrounds an almost anthropomorphic, liquid metal interior. This metaphor was inspired by a cyber future illustrated in the 1982 movie “Blade Runner”. The design is indeed rather unique – I’ve never seen an external hard drive that looks quite like it. It comes in 4TB size with a USB 3.0 interface (USB 2.0 compatible) for up to 5 Gb/s speed. The radiator-like design rapidly dissipates heat to help boost performance and ensure long-term reliability.
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