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LaCie updates RAID storage solutions

updated 03:25 am EST, Wed November 15, 2006

LaCie RAID storage updated

LaCie today announced increased performance of its Biggest FW800 RAID subsystem with hardware RAID controller and also added USB 2.0 to its 2-disk external SATA RAID solution. The FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 dual interface Biggest FW800 RAID subsystem now comes with internal SATA drives for faster performance, and a sleek new silver design with lockable hard disk drawers to prevent accidental removal or damage. The Biggest FW800 is also offers choice of four hardware-based RAID levels (0, 0+1, 5, 5+spare), the ability to hot-swap drives, automatic drive rebuilding, and a bright LCD panel to monitor operation status. It's available in 1TB or 2TB capacities. The storage solution leverages the power of four disks in one compact tower without the need to install drivers; it comes with four SATA disks at 250GB each for the 1TB model, or 500GB each for the 2TB model.

Users can simply adjust the RAID level setting via switches located on the back. The system will automatically react to a drive, fan or power failure and even shut down above a temperature of 55C to preserve itself and the data. For those using RAID 0+1, 5 or 5+spare, LaCie Biggest FW800 allows for online hot swapping should a drive fail, with automatic data rebuilding to a new drive without downtime. The system also offers a LCD panel to display the operation status at all times.

LaCie Biggest FW800 is available immediately from LaCie direct and will be available via LaCie's specialized dealer network later this month. The 1TB model is $1,300, while the 2TB model is $1,700. Disks ship with two keys for the lockable hard disk drawers, and all cables needed for immediate use (FireWire 800, FireWire 400-to-800, USB 2.0).

LaCie Adds USB To 1TB External SATA RAID

LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB offers the same eSATA 3Gbits/s interface throughput as before, but now also includes USB 2.0 connectivity for universal access; it replaces the previous eSATA-only version. The all-in-one solution offers simple RAID selection switch that allows users to format for maximum protection or maximum speed.

"LaCie has always been a pioneer of new technology," said Emanuela Boila, LaCie Product Manager. "We introduced our first external SATA solution in 2004 because we believe it's the most promising next-gen interface for video editing and high-end backup. For those looking to migrate, our new Two Big solution makes it easier to test eSATA's speed while retaining the universal accessibility over USB."

LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB comes in a sturdy metal case with a quiet fan and vents for heat dissipation. Disks are hot-swappable for instant expandability and the unit is hot-pluggable so can be removed without having to power down the computer.

LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB comes pre-formatted in Fast mode (RAID 0) in which the disks are striped together for maximum throughput of 115MB/s over eSATA or 30MB/s over USB. It can also be configured to Safe mode (RAID 1) in which data is mirrored for redundancy and will automatically rebuild in case of disk failure once the defective drive is replaced. Big mode (concatenation) spans data over both disks so full capacity can be achieved whereby the disk appears as one large volume, or alternatively JBOD mode will show each disk as an independent volume.

LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB is available for pre-order and expected to ship in December via retailers for $600. It ships with all necessary cables.

by MacNN Staff



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