A couple of days ago LaCie revealed three new and updated Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions, with the 2big, 5big and 8big Rack, orientated towards 4K video editing and other professional media uses, at the National Association of Broadcasters conference, which gathers customers buying hardware and software for editing video.
LaCie is a Seagate Technology branch that focuses on a higher-end customers, Thunderbolt 2 doubles data-transfers speeds to 20Gbps, making it easier for video professionals to handle the high resolutions and data rates of UltraHD video, that has about four times the pixels as ordinary HD video at 1920×1080 resolution.
LaCie renewed its 2big, an external, two-drive hardware RAID that connects via Thunderbolt 2 or USB and can be set to work as either a striped or mirrored array with a new design, speeds of up to 420 MB/s with Thunderbolt 2 technology, and fast performance with USB 3.0 support. The device also offers the ability to interchange disks through an easy access panel on the front, while the status LEDs on the side allow users to track disk. The LaCie 2big will be available in 6TB, 8TB, or 12TB capacities.
The new LaCie 5big is two times faster than its previous version, featuring multiple 6TB 7200RPM hard disks with speeds of up to 1050 MB/s. Three separate LaCie 5bigs can be connected to a Mac Pro, creating a single high-storage workstation. Featuring an original cooling system composed of a heat-dissipating aluminum enclosure, heat exhausts and a Noctua cooling fan. The new 5big will be offered in 10TB, 20TB, or 30TB capacities.
The LaCie 8big Rack is the company’s first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount an eight-drive storage solution, offering eight 6TB 7200RPM hard drives with speeds up to 1330 MB/s. It features easy access to components, tool-free maintenance of the included power supplies units, fans, and disks, also offering a cooling system with three fans that conduct heat away from vital components. The 8big Rack will be offered in 4-disk (12TB) or 8-disk (24TB and 48TB) configurations.
LaCie didn’t announce price or availability of its three new devices yet, further news regarding this issue is expected soon.