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NAB 2014: LaCie targets 4K workflows with Thunderbolt 2 solution

April 7, 2014
NAB 2014: LaCie targets 4K workflows with Thunderbolt 2 solution
LAS VEGAS — At NAB, Seagate Technology’s LaCie (www.lacie.com) brand is showing a number of Thunderbolt 2 enabled storage solutions, including the 5big, which is now nearly two times faster than previous versions. The 5big can deliver speeds of up to 1,050MB/s thanks to Seagate’s new 6TB, 7,200rpm hard disks. The 20 percent capacity increase makes it one of the most compact 30TB storage devices on the market. With its huge capacity and ample bandwidth, the 5big is well suited for 4K workflows right on the desktop.

Connecting three LaCie 5bigs in parallel to a new Mac Pro will result in up to 90TBs of capacity and speeds of up to 3,000MB/s on a single workstation. This is enough bandwidth for FCP and Premiere editors to cut several video streams in native 4K resolution 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 providing excellent speed and capacity. These features make the LaCie 5big well suited for users that 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 help prevent data loss or downtime.

The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Professionals 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-generation Thunderbolt devices and computers. Professionals can now create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity, incredible speed and convenience to their workflow. 

The LaCie 5big, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 10-, 20- or 30TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase.