LaCie 5big Network: Share and Back Up Business Data

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[] Portland, OR - LaCie today announced the 5big Network, the most complete five-bay RAID solution for small and medium workgroups or offices that need large storage and backup capacity, improved performance and advanced security. Offering capacities of up to 7.5TB* (7500GB) and a versatile hot-swap feature, the 5big Network supports seven RAID modes including RAID 5 and RAID 6 for more flexibility and superior data protection.

"The LaCie 5big Network delivers the best storage RAID value for workgroups and medium-sized offices," said Edin del Mar, LaCie Product Manager for SOHO NAS Solutions. "Now small companies can benefit not only from huge capacities and extra security, but also from a complete backup solution for their business."

Responding to the expanding storage needs of small and medium workgroups or businesses, the 5big Network's huge capacity can be expanded by connecting external hard drives via its Hi-Speed USB port or three eSATA ports. Users can also easily set up scheduled incremental backups onto external disks to protect the 5big Network's data.

Designed by Neil Poulton with the modern professional office in mind, the 5big Network is housed in a sleek and durable aluminum tower with five lockable, removable drive trays. Its stackable design helps to save space and its browser-based access and management system allows administrators to quickly set up the 5big Network and allow multiple users to share, store and access data without taxing the bandwidth of a central server. This solution additionally features Active Directory Support (ADS) for easy integration into Windows-based networks and a Wake on LAN (WOL) function, indispensable features for IT managers.

To facilitate its industry-leading backup solutions, the 5big Network ships with three licenses each of Genie Backup Manager Pro(TM) for Windows and Intego Backup Manager Pro(TM) (for Mac) with a disaster recovery option, the most complete network backup and restore software for small businesses.

Compared to traditional four-disk RAID towers**, it uses 25 percent less energy, and its revolutionary, ultra-reliable cooling system is 37 percent quieter, despite the additional disk. The 5big Network's embedded technology, user benefit features and superior design make it an ideal addition to any workgroup.

Pricing and Availability:
The LaCie 5big Network will be available in 2.5TB, 5TB and 7.5TB in October from the LaCie Store Online or through LaCie Storage Partner and LaCie Reseller+ at the suggested retail price starting at $899.00 (excluding VAT).

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.

* 1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). Capacities and performance varies depending upon RAID mode.

** Lacie's previous generation four-disk RAID

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).


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