LaCie Unveils Diskless Desktop Storage Network

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-09 Print this article Print

Line-of-business professionals will be able to organize a backup regimen for multiple Linux, PC and Mac workstations.

French storage hardware and software maker LaCie, which specializes in providing equipment for small enterprises, said April 6 that it has released its five-bay RAID server for PC and Macintosh file backup as an optional diskless model.

LaCie's 5big Network 2 machine provides an automated backup package for PC and Mac desktops and laptops; quick integration and user-friendly management; data protection via RAID 5 and hot-swappable media; and remote access via desktop/laptop computer or mobile device, LaCie said.

The 5big Network 2 diskless machine (pictured) can direct storage traffic using no disks, put unused drives to work, or use new drives based on availability and demand. It will automatically build the RAID mode accordingly, LaCie said.

The 5big Network 2 also offers RAID modes 5 and 6, which provide automatic, hardware-level data protection. If a single disk fails, users simply replace it without turning off the appliance or losing any data, LaCie said.

Line-of-business professionals will appreciate 5big Network 2's intuitive user interface, LaCie said. They will be able to organize a backup regimen for multiple Linux, PC and Mac workstations, and ensure all data is safe and in one place, the company claimed.

The 5big Network 2 is compatible with Apple's Time Machine and Windows 7 Backup. Additionally, with its dual LAN ports, the 5big Network 2 supports speeds up to 70MB per second.

The 5big Network 2 also features remote access, which enables staff members to share files anywhere with an Internet connection. Employees can even share files from their iPhone or iPad by installing LaCie's free iOS app, MyNAS.

The 5big Network 2 is available in diskless, 5TB, 10TB and 15TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Storage Partners starting at $349, LaCie said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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