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You couldn't mistake a LaCie drive from a mile away, and even those these newcomers are designed for the enterprise, the classic LaCie look and feel is still here. The Enterprise Class range of storage solutions has been announced, which is made up of the LaCie d2 Quadra Enterprise Class, LaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class, and the LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class. These go above and beyond the call of duty for consumer-level devices, offering robust performance, data encryption, superior connectivity, RAID protection, a professional backup offer, and an advanced service package.

These are also designed to last a lot longer and operate nonstop in enterprise-level scenarios, and LaCie admits that professionals will get the ability to reach more than 700MB/s of transfer speeds through a RAID 50 array with four LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class. There's also government-grade 128-bit AES hardware encryption, and the LaCie Enterprise Class range will be available in a variety of capacities from 1TB to 8TB. Prices will start at around $299, with the biggest devices costing well over $1300.

LaCie Offers Unparalleled Data Protection with New Enterprise Class Storage Solutions

January 26, 2010

  • Enterprise Class SATA disks for the utmost reliability and performance
  • 5-year warranty with 5-year product swap—helps you get back to work faster
  • 128-bit AES hardware encryption for enhanced data security
  • 24K gold-plated cable contacts for improved transfer speed
  • Hardware RAID with hot-swappable disks for non-stop data access
Enhancing the award-winning solutions line, LaCie today announces thenew Enterprise Class range of storage solutions with LaCie d2 QuadraEnterprise Class, LaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class, and the LaCie4big Quadra Enterprise Class. The LaCie Enterprise Class range is amongthe most sophisticated offerings on the market, and provides six dataprotection levels, robust performance, data encryption, superiorconnectivity, RAID protection, a professional backup offer, and anadvanced service package

Designed for superior performance, the new product range comes withtrue internal SATA Enterprise Class disks, featuring 7200RPM and 32MBof cache memory. These high-quality internal disks target an ambitious1.2 million MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) and have been optimized forRAID towers with a vibration resistance technology. Professionals willget the ability to reach more than 700MB/s of transfer speeds through aRAID 50 array with four LaCie 4big Quadra Enterprise Class. LaCie’sEnterprise Class Product range features the most advanced servicepackage on the market, consisting of a 5-year warranty and a 5-yearadvance product replacement plan.

Ideal for creative professionals as well as those that need to preserveconfidentiality, the Enterprise Class product range featuresgovernment-grade 128-bit AES hardware encryption. This trusted securitytechnology allows users to encrypt digital assets and preventunauthorized access. The LaCie Desktop Manager software provides theflexibility to define up to ten users, ensuring customizableaccessibility to protect intellectual property.

"The introduction of LaCie’s Enterprise Class product rangeresponds specifically to niche industries such as creativeprofessionals, as well as those in the medical, legal, and accountingfields, who require highly robust and reliable storage solutions tomanage their digital assets," said Arnaud Prézelin, LaCie ProductManager for Creative Pro Solutions. "Adding Enterprise Classfunctionality to our recognized solutions line has made these productsthe most reliable and secure solutions in their respective productclasses, while delivering leading-edge performance."

The entire range of Enterprise Class products will also shipwith specialized cables that provide ultra high-quality signaltransfer. Made with creative professionals in mind, the cables include24K gold-plated contacts that, when combines with Enterprise Classdrives, help preserve the highest level of performance over theproducts lifetime.

Designed in aluminum by the world-famous product designer NeilPoulton, the entire range of Enterprise Class products include fourinterfaces for universal connectivity, energy-efficient coolingcapabilities, as well as customizable backup software – Genie BackupManager Pro™ for Windows® and Intego Backup Manager Pro™ for Mac®. TheLaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class and LaCie 4big Quadra EnterpriseClass also include customizable RAID modes including RAID 0, RAID 1 orRAID 5, making the Enterprise Class product range the most complete andreliable product range for secure data storage.

The LaCie Enterprise Class range will be available in a variety ofcapacities from 1TB to 8TB through the LaCie Online Store, LaCieReseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retailprice of $299 for the LaCie d2 Quadra Enterprise Class, $649 for theLaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class, and $1349 for the LaCie 4big QuadraEnterprise Class (excluding VAT). For more information, .

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in IndustrialDesign from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poultonfirst came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageingpens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes colorand form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and developsbest-selling, award-winning products for a variety of internationalclients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has livedand worked in Paris, France. .

About LaCie
Located in the USA,Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is theleading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple andLinux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and colormonitors that help professionals and everyday people easily managetheir digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products throughoriginal designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For moreinformation, visit

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The one thing which has always confused me in these type of devices is why not build your own. Anyone with need's for something of this level could build something like this on any number of rack systems, plus various expensive and inexpensive cases today offer up to and above 10 hard drive cages. You would also save in most cases a considerable amount of money. The support level on a SAS drive is also generally inn line or above what these offer. So if you bought the drives and set them up in your choice of Raid set's for which you thought would be the most dependable for any specific situation you would be better off. Support in Sas/Sata drives are also long with extensions readily available.


Is it just me or do those look like a set of speakers + subwoofer.