Unveiled: New LaCie Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions

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Thunderbolt 2 is a big deal. In fact, so was Thunderbolt 1. Developed by Intel®, Thunderbolt 1 provides two separate 10Gb/s channels, running in opposite directions. Thunderbolt 2 can combine the two separate 10Gb/s channels into a single 20Gb/s channel, but flowing in only one direction. It’s like opening both sides of a bridge to traffic in the same direction during rush hour. So, Thunderbolt 2 can be up to twice as fast as Thunderbolt 1, depending on where data needs to flow.

Thunderbolt uses the same connector as the Mini DisplayPort. And a single Thunderbolt port can support up to six devices daisy-chained together. So not only does Thunderbolt carry lots of data, it also makes connecting peripherals much easier, especially storage and graphics hardware. Thunderbolt is an ideal solution for video editing.

LaCie 2big Rack Thunderbolt 2

LaCie was one of the first manufacturers to offer Thunderbolt connectivity in its storage devices, and it has just announced Thunderbolt 2 versions of the 5big and 2big. There’s also a new 8big Rack, a 1U Thunderbolt 2 rackmount unit that holds eight hard drives; it’s LaCie’s first rackmount offering. These new Thunderbolt 2 storage units are also compatible with Seagate’s new 6TB 7200 rpm hard drives, allowing for greater capacity than ever before.

LaCie 5big Rack Thunderbolt 2

The LaCie 5big with Thunderbolt 2 offers hardware RAID and is up to twice as fast as the previous model with throughput up to 1050MB/s. It also offers a 20-percent-greater storage capacity increase over the 2013 5big when loaded with the new 6TB hard drives. The new LaCie 2big with Thunderbolt 2 offers hardware RAID with throughput up to 420MB/s; it also includes USB 3.0 connectivity for compatibility with nearly any computer out there. The LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 can house up to eight of the 6TB 7200 rpm hard drives, for an impressive 48TB in a 1U form factor with throughput up to 1330MB/s.

LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2

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does it work with mac...how much to start...les

Yes, LaCie's Thunderbolt 2 drives are compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or greater. Unfortunately, LaCie has not provided us with a price for this item yet. We will post this information on our website as soon as it becomes available. Please check back periodically for updates.

Really want more information on the LaCie 8 big Rack Thunderbolt 2!  This would be amazing :)

At the current time, this is the information that has been made available to us by the manufacturer. As more information becomes available, you can be sure that it will be posted to our website. Please check back periodically for updates.

U$?

Ship  to Brazil?

Unfortunately, LaCie has not provided us with a price for this item yet. We will post this information on our website as soon as it becomes available. Please check back periodically for updates.
Shipping is available to Brazil.

does it work with windows?  whats the fewest number of hard drives can it be configured with?

Lacie's Thunderbolt 2 drives are compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.6 or later via USB 3.0 connectivity, which is additionally backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and UAS. The fewest number of hard drives you can configure with these devices is one.

Are the disk drives set up in RAID format? Raid 1 for pairs, RAID 5 or 6 for larger setups? Or is it that the bit level accuracy is not required for this application?

That is correct. These drives will be able to be set up in a RAID array.

If I used this drive in RAID 1 and had a additional disk I swaped out once a month for off site backup. Would that work with this setup?

thanks. Also, is there a price for the Sigate drives for the swap?

That would theoretically work, however it is not recommended to intentionally break an array. A better option would be to clone your array monthly for your offsite backups to an external drive, leaving your array in tact. 

price will be post asap

Hi,

This is Hari Krishna from Hyderabad, Telangana, India. An Fcp editor. I am eagerly waiting to buy the product Lacie 8Big rack. Can you please tell me the date of arrival in india?

Thanks & Regards

Hari Krishna Puni

Hi -

Unfortunately, B&H is unable to ship the LaCie 12TB 8big Thunderbolt 2 Rack Series RAID outside the USA due to the manufacturer's restriction on their products.  We apologize for this inconvenience. Please contact a local dealer.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com