For Immediate Release
LaCie Brings Security To Networked-Attached Storage
Share and back up data to one central location
Remotely access, upload and download files from any web interface
Professional shared drive compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux users
Easy setup and access with LaCie Ethernet Agent
PORTLAND, OR (September 2007) — LaCie announced today that it is now shipping the 2big Network, a next-generation RAID device that provides up to 2TB* of professional storage. Designed to satisfy the sharing and backup needs of a small office environment, the 2big Network offers a unique solution with a Gigabit Ethernet interface and two disks that can be “mirrored” to ensure data integrity, or “merged” to allow maximum capacity. Remote access allows users to instantly and securely obtain all files stored on the 2big Network situated at the office, with any Internet connection.
The 2big Network ships with the new LaCie Ethernet Agent that enables easy configuration in any situation, but also simplifies data access by offering shortcuts for users to their shared and mapped drives. An intuitive web-based administration page allows highly customized permissions at shares, groups and users levels. Compatible with Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems, the device is universally acceptable and can sit on any network as a usable storage device. Should additional network capacity be needed, up to two USB hard drives can be attached.
“As the volume of shared data within a company continues to grow, small offices need reliable and user-friendly network-based storage devices,” said Marie Renouard, LaCie Product Manager. “The reasonably priced 2big Network fits nicely within that budget and enables them to store and back up large amounts of data without the fear of losing it. Via HTTP or FTP, an employee at a remote location can easily log on to the device and upload daily reports or download important presentations previously not stored to a laptop.”
With a click of a switch, the 2big Network can be initialized in SAFE 100 (RAID 1) mode, which automatically mirrors data across the two hot-swappable disks or BIG mode, which combines the two drives together. If one drive fails in RAID 1 configuration, the data will remain available and will automatically be rebuilt on to a new spare drive** without the need to shutdown.
Available in 1, 1.5 or 2 terabyte versions, the 2big Network was created for LaCie by Neil Poulton and features an attractive natural cooling heat sink metal design with a thermoregulated progressive smart fan to ensure long-lasting reliability and quiet operation. The 2big Network can be rackmounted, placed horizontally, or stood vertically to conform to any office environment. The 2big Network also features a 1-click data-sharing button. Simply plug a USB key into one of the two USB slots, press the large glowing blue button on the front and the information will be copied over to its own folder on the 2big for automatic sharing with colleagues.
The LaCie 2big Network is available now from LaCie direct and widely available via LaCie’s specialized dealer network at the suggested retail price starting at $399. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.
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. www.neilpoulton.com
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). For more information, visit www.lacie.com.
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* 1GB (gigabyte) = 1,000,000,000 bytes. 1TB (terabyte) = 1000GB. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 10–15% less). Capacity also varies depending on RAID modes. BIG (concatenation) = total accessible capacity; SAFE (RAID 1) = 50% capacity
** Spare drives sold separately