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LaCie 5big Storage / Backup Server Boxes: NAS For Pros

LaCie 5big Storage / Backup Server Boxes: NAS For Pros

If you need network storage, LaCie has a solution. And it's a solution that looks better than nearly any alternative we can think of. The new LaCie 5big Storage Server is joining the company's family of professional server solutions, with room for up to 10TB of storage and support for Mac, Windows and Linux workstations. The company has custom built these boxes to perform well under high loads, with a 64-bit dual-core Atom 1.6GHz CPU inside, 2GB of RAM and Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition.

In other words, this isn't your mother's NAS. It supports all necessary file sharing formats – SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI, HTTP and FTP – as well as Windows Active Directory, and there are five hot-swap drive bays for up to 10TB of space. It also handles file-level data deduplication – storing only one instance of files saved multiple times, as well as an internal backup engine, enabling users to back it up to an external drive at will or on schedule.

In additional to file backup, the 5big Storage Server offers data redundancy through RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 5 + Spare, and Microsoft's BitLocker keeps those files secure from snoopers. Along with a 3-year warranty, the server will be available later next month for a starting price of $1699.99, while a similar looking 5big Backup Server will start at $1199.99 but use an Atom D410 and Windows Home Server.

LaCie Introduces Enterprise-Level Desktop File Server

August 5, 2010

Today LaCie announced a professional desktop file sharing server for small to medium sized office environments – the LaCie 5big Storage Server. Joining LaCie's extensive portfolio of professional server solutions, the 5big Storage Server is designed to handle rigorous file sharing activity for numerous Mac, Windows, or Linux workstations.

Tailored to perform in demanding environments, LaCie's 5big Storage Server is powered by Intel's latest 64-bit dual-core 1.6GHz Atom processor coupled with 2G of RAM and runs on Microsoft® Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition.

The LaCie 5big Storage Server supports all necessary file sharing formats – SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI, HTTP and FTP – as well as Windows Active Directory®, which ensures easy and efficient integration into existing IT environments. The server includes five hot-swappable hard disks with capacities up to 10TB – and is scalable by leveraging the USB and eSATA connections.

Designed to manage large amounts of data, the 5big Storage Server supports file-level data deduplication – storing only one instance of files saved multiple times. This ensures the server always delivers the fastest performances. Additionally, data deduplication improves data safety by improving the speed of the appliance backup process through limiting the amount of data being backed up – thus optimizing the data protection process. The server offers an internal backup engine, enabling users to back it up to an external drive at will or on schedule.

In additional to file backup, the 5big Storage Server offers data redundancy through RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 5 + Spare, as well as remote file replication. The server also includes hard drive encryption with support from Microsoft's BitLocker®.

"LaCie is pleased to integrate leading technology from Microsoft and Intel to deliver enterprise-level storage capabilities, previously only experienced in large corporate environments, to small businesses," said Erwan Girard, LaCie Solutions Business Unit Manager. "With up to 10TB of storage, in a well-designed desktop aluminum case, the LaCie 5big Storage Server offers corporate-grade features without requiring a server room, which demands dedicated space, strong cooling and deep noise isolation."

While running on Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition, the 5big Storage Server is fully compatible with Mac. It will support up to 25 Mac workstations through AFP, Spotlight, and the AppleTalk® stack for legacy applications. Additionally, it is compatible with Time Machine.

The Intel Atom processor inside LaCie's 5big Storage Server pairs Intel's smallest, power-efficient chip with the Intel 82801IR I/O Controller and delivers the processing performance and input/output connectivity required to meet the throughput demands small businesses require.

"The storage industry continues to advance innovation in data management storage systems for small businesses", said David Tuhy, general manager, Intel Storage Group. "The energy efficient performance of the Intel Atom processor with integrated storage features enables LaCie to deliver a professional file sharing data appliance to meet the needs of this market segment."

"Windows Storage Server was designed to bring enterprise class functionality such as Single Instance Storage to customers of all sizes – from large enterprises to small to mid sized businesses," said Eric Jewett, Director of Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft. "The LaCie 5big devise leverages these technologies and delivers a compelling storage platform at a price point attractive to small and mid-sized customers."

In addition, the 5big Storage Server boasts minimal environmental impact through its recyclable aluminum casing, advanced power management options, and power-efficient processor. Additionally, it is leverages the award-winning 5big casing and ultra-quiet Noctua cooling fan – allowing you to place an enterprise-level server on a desktop or in an office environment.

Availability
The 5big Storage Server is available in a number of capacities and includes a three-year warranty. Users who require minimum downtime can purchase LaCie's Advance Care Option. The server is available through the LaCie Store Online, LaCie Storage Partner and LaCie Reseller+, starting at the suggested retail price of $1,699.99. For more information, visit www.lacie.com.
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