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LaCie 5big Storage and Backup Servers

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LaCie today announced the 5big Storage Server professional desktop file sharing server for small to medium sized office environments and the 5big Backup Server for centralized Windows and Mac office environments.

5big Storage Server
Tailored to perform in demanding environments, LaCie's 5big Storage Server is powered by Intel's latest 64-bit dual-core 1.6GHz Atom processor coupled with 2G of RAM and runs on Microsoft® Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition.

The LaCie 5big Storage Server supports all necessary file sharing formats — SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI, HTTP and FTP — as well as Windows Active Directory®, which ensures easy and efficient integration into existing IT environments. The server includes five hot-swappable hard disks with capacities up to 10TB — and is scalable by leveraging the USB and eSATA connections.

Designed to manage large amounts of data, the 5big Storage Server supports file-level data deduplication — storing only one instance of files saved multiple times. This ensures the server always delivers the fastest performances. Additionally, data deduplication improves data safety by improving the speed of the appliance backup process through limiting the amount of data being backed up — thus optimizing the data protection process. The server offers an internal backup engine, enabling users to back it up to an external drive at will or on schedule.

In additional to file backup, the 5big Storage Server offers data redundancy through RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 5 + Spare, as well as remote file replication. The server also includes hard drive encryption with support from Microsoft's BitLocker®.

While running on Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition, the 5big Storage Server is fully compatible with Mac. It will support up to 25 Mac workstations through AFP, Spotlight, and the AppleTalk® stack for legacy applications. Additionally, it is compatible with Time Machine.

LaCie 5big Backup Server
The new LaCie 5big Backup Server allows small companies to benefit from an enterprise-grade centralized backup solution that fits into any office environment — without requiring deployment efforts or specialized IT skills.

Leveraging the high performance of the 64-bit Intel Atom processor and the usability of Microsoft's Windows Home Server software, the LaCie 5ig Backup Server provides seamless setup and automatic backup for small businesses. It can support configurations of up to 10 PC and 25 Mac workstations simultaneously. The server includes five hot-swappable hard disks with capacities up to 10TB — and is scalable with its USB and eSATA connections.

Tailored for centralized backup and data protection, the LaCie 5big Backup Server features system block level backup deduplication, as well as file level restore capabilities. Whether users experience unexpected file loss or require an entire system restore, the LaCie 5big Backup Server ensures all data can be recovered. For businesses that experience a crashed workstation, the server can initiate a bare metal restore, enabling a boot and complete system and data recovery.

Unlike many small business servers, LaCie's 5big Backup Server is fully compatible with Mac systems and environments through its support for AFP, Spotlight®, and the AppleTalk® stack for legacy applications. Additionally, it is compatible with Time Machine. Administrators will appreciate having a centralized backup appliance for cross-platform management for access rights and automatic backup and restore.

The Intel Atom processor inside LaCie's 5big Storage Server and 5big Backup Server pairs Intel's smallest, power-efficient chip with the Intel 82801IR I/O Controller and delivers the processing performance and input/output connectivity required to meet the throughput demands small businesses require.

In addition, the both products boasts minimal environmental impact through its recyclable aluminum casing, advanced power management options, and power-efficient processor. Additionally, it is leverages the award-winning 5big casing and ultra-quiet Noctua cooling fan.

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Availability
The 5big Storage Server ($1,699.99) is available in a number of capacities and includes a three-year warranty.
The 5big Backup Server ($1,199.99) is available in a number of capacities and includes a three-year warranty.

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