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LaCie launches 5big Network, the five-bay 7.5TB NAS solution

by Parm Mann on 9 October 2008, 10:38

Tags: 5big Network, Lacie (EPA:LAC)

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Hot on the heels of Thecus, US storage-specialist LaCie is raising the stakes in the network-attached storage (NAS) market with the launch of its 5big Network.

As you might have guessed, the 5big offers support for five hot-swappable hard-disk drives, and support for RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6, RAID 10 and RAID 0.

Unlike some competitors, LaCie's unit supports 1.5TB drives, allowing the 5big Network at a total capacity of 7.5TB.

There's plenty more expandability, too. LaCie has squeezed in a USB port and a generous three eSATA ports, so you'll be able to connect multiple external hard drives.

The 5big Network is said to use 25 per cent less energy than LaCie's previous four-bay solution, and it's 37 per cent quieter, too. The design itself is very easy on the eye, and the unit measures 220mm x 196mm x 173mm.

It'll be available this month in three models; 2.5TB, 5TB and 7.5TB, priced at $899.99, $1,399.00 and $1,899.00, respectively.

Official press release: LaCie 5big Network: Share and Back Up Business Data

Official product page: LaCie.com

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Saw this a week or so back and it looks good. Shame it's so price as I really need a cheap 2bay or more GB nas that doesn't look crap or is poor quality. All the ones out there don't fit the bill for me.
I really like these but I never understand why they're so expensive. I mean for $1800 you could easily build a 7.5tb fileserver and install some form on linux on it which would make it even better than a NAS.
Support costs money.

Simple as that really.
Could be the compact/custom hardware design and the looks that bring it's price up. Power usage could be a factor too.
question is - do they do a black one with a red light?