LaCie Unveils Diskless Desktop Storage Network

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.

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