LaCie, a Seagate brand, has made updates to its 5big Thunderbolt 2 pro five-disk storage solution. Now featuring Seagate’s 8TB enterprise class hard disks, the new LaCie 5big provides more capacity (40TB), reliability and an extended warranty. This product is targeting 4K video workflows. The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 featuring these hard disks will be available this quarter in 40TB capacity for $3,999.
With Seagate’s new 8TB hard disks, the LaCie 5big offers a 33 percent capacity increase. These hard disks are designed to operate 24/7— versus 8/5 operations for traditional hard drives — and can support 8,760 hours of operation per year.
The LaCie 5big with Enterprise Class drives comes with a five-year warranty that covers the drives, enclosure and spare parts. The enterprise class drives feature 256MB cache, 7200RPM and rack environment optimization, offering the ideal solution for handling aggressive workloads.
With this Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 5big offers sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s. This is enough bandwidth to edit several video streams in native 4K resolution. This kind of speed allows those working in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to get maximum quality from footage and see native 4K edits in realtime.
The LaCie 5big offers a range of RAID modes that allow users to tailor the product to their needs. Its hardware RAID delivers sustained performance, better flexibility and the ability to connect the product to another computer while keeping the RAID configuration.
RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection against disk failure, while still providing speed and capacity needed for pro workflows. This feature helps users who want to use a single storage product for both video editing and backup. In protected RAID modes, even in the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5big’s hot-swappable disks mean zero data loss or downtime.
The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Pros can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to a computer via a single cable (included). Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible, using the same cables and connectors as first-gen Thunderbolt devices and computers. This allows pros to create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity and speed.
The LaCie 5big’s cooling system consists of three key components: a heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing little noise.