LaCie goes big -- reveals 25 TB NAS
Taking advantage of the availability of 5 TB Seagate HDDs, LaCie has introduced the new drives in three of its NAS devices, that now tout a maximum capacity ranging from 5 TB to 25 TB. The biggest of the bunch has a five-bay layout, which makes it the largest solution in its class that is available on the market today, according to the company.
The smallest of the three is the d2, which can now be had with 5 TB of storage. There are also 3 TB and 4 TB configurations, but those are older. The 2big can offer twice as much at 10 TB. Like its smaller brother, it too can be had with less storage (4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB), but again those configurations are older. The one that is the most interesting is called 5big, and is the one LaCie calls the largest five-bay solution available now.
The 5big is offered in three configurations, with 10 TB, 20 TB and 25 TB of storage. They cost, in that order, $999, $1,999 and $2,499. As you can see, there is no discount involved when going up in size. The largest d2 and 2big cost $449.99 and $899, respectively.
All three are part of LaCie's Thunderbolt series, which is geared towards professionals. The 25 TB 5big claims speeds of up to 785 MB/s (even though the test was performed on the 4 TB-based five-bay configuration), making it a suitable addition to Thunderbolt-ready PCs, like the new Apple Mac Pro.
The 5 TB Seagate drives that are used in the LaCie NAS devices can spin at 7200 RPM and have a cache of at least 64 MB. But you cannot buy them individually, as the HDD maker has yet to introduce its latest product on the market.