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LaCie Introduces Enterprise Class External Storage Solutions

LaCie Introduces Enterprise Class External Storage Solutions

You couldn't mistake a LaCie drive from a mile away, and even those these newcomers are designed for the enterprise, the classic LaCie look and feel is still here. The Enterprise Class range of storage solutions has been announced, which is made up of the LaCie d2 Quadra Enterprise Class, LaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class, and the LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class. These go above and beyond the call of duty for consumer-level devices, offering robust performance, data encryption, superior connectivity, RAID protection, a professional backup offer, and an advanced service package.

These are also designed to last a lot longer and operate nonstop in enterprise-level scenarios, and LaCie admits that professionals will get the ability to reach more than 700MB/s of transfer speeds through a RAID 50 array with four LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class. There's also government-grade 128-bit AES hardware encryption, and the LaCie Enterprise Class range will be available in a variety of capacities from 1TB to 8TB. Prices will start at around $299, with the biggest devices costing well over $1300.



LaCie Offers Unparalleled Data Protection with New Enterprise Class Storage Solutions


January 26, 2010

  • Enterprise Class SATA disks for the utmost reliability and performance
  • 5-year warranty with 5-year product swap—helps you get back to work faster
  • 128-bit AES hardware encryption for enhanced data security
  • 24K gold-plated cable contacts for improved transfer speed
  • Hardware RAID with hot-swappable disks for non-stop data access
Enhancing the award-winning solutions line, LaCie today announces the new Enterprise Class range of storage solutions with LaCie d2 Quadra Enterprise Class, LaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class, and the LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class. The LaCie Enterprise Class range is among the most sophisticated offerings on the market, and provides six data protection levels, robust performance, data encryption, superior connectivity, RAID protection, a professional backup offer, and an advanced service package

Designed for superior performance, the new product range comes with true internal SATA Enterprise Class disks, featuring 7200RPM and 32MB of cache memory. These high-quality internal disks target an ambitious 1.2 million MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) and have been optimized for RAID towers with a vibration resistance technology. Professionals will get the ability to reach more than 700MB/s of transfer speeds through a RAID 50 array with four LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class. LaCie’s Enterprise Class Product range features the most advanced service package on the market, consisting of a 5-year warranty and a 5-year advance product replacement plan.

Ideal for creative professionals as well as those that need to preserve confidentiality, the Enterprise Class product range features government-grade 128-bit AES hardware encryption. This trusted security technology allows users to encrypt digital assets and prevent unauthorized access. The LaCie Desktop Manager software provides the flexibility to define up to ten users, ensuring customizable accessibility to protect intellectual property.

"The introduction of LaCie’s Enterprise Class product range responds specifically to niche industries such as creative professionals, as well as those in the medical, legal, and accounting fields, who require highly robust and reliable storage solutions to manage their digital assets," said Arnaud Prézelin, LaCie Product Manager for Creative Pro Solutions. "Adding Enterprise Class functionality to our recognized solutions line has made these products the most reliable and secure solutions in their respective product classes, while delivering leading-edge performance."

The entire range of Enterprise Class products will also ship with specialized cables that provide ultra high-quality signal transfer. Made with creative professionals in mind, the cables include 24K gold-plated contacts that, when combines with Enterprise Class drives, help preserve the highest level of performance over the products lifetime.

Designed in aluminum by the world-famous product designer Neil Poulton, the entire range of Enterprise Class products include four interfaces for universal connectivity, energy-efficient cooling capabilities, as well as customizable backup software – Genie Backup Manager Pro™ for Windows® and Intego Backup Manager Pro™ for Mac®. The LaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class and LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class also include customizable RAID modes including RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 5, making the Enterprise Class product range the most complete and reliable product range for secure data storage.

Availability
The LaCie Enterprise Class range will be available in a variety of capacities from 1TB to 8TB through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retail price of $299 for the LaCie d2 Quadra Enterprise Class, $649 for the LaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class, and $1349 for the LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class (excluding VAT). For more information, visit www.lacie.com.

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France. www.neilpoulton.com.

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit www.lacie.com

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The one thing which has always confused me in these type of devices is why not build your own. Anyone with need's for something of this level could build something like this on any number of rack systems, plus various expensive and inexpensive cases today offer up to and above 10 hard drive cages. You would also save in most cases a considerable amount of money. The support level on a SAS drive is also generally inn line or above what these offer. So if you bought the drives and set them up in your choice of Raid set's for which you thought would be the most dependable for any specific situation you would be better off. Support in Sas/Sata drives are also long with extensions readily available.

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Is it just me or do those look like a set of speakers + subwoofer.

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