LaCie 5big Network 2
Released January, 2010
The Pros:A nice choice of RAID modes + really easy RAID configuration. Eco management that allows to reduce power consumption. Dual LAN interface allows to double the transfer rates.
The Cons:Very heavy. The blue button in front is a bit annoying.
The 5big Network 2 is a 5-bay RAID server from LaCie, available in 5TB, 7.5TB and 10TB capacities. The manufacturer claims this product sees network file transfer performance up to 70MB/s. LaCie recommends the 5big Network 2 for up to 300 users.
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All of the major RAID modes are supported, including RAID 5 and 6 to protect against disk failure. Additional functionality includes iSCSI support, allowing users to mount the 5big network 2 as a local share on their computer. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports are built-in, allowing for failover and load balancing between two connections. Using USB or eSATA, administrators can also backup content on the 5big Network 2 to an external hard drive. This feature adds extra security and data portability to any given network. CDROM-based software is included in the box.
- 5 hard drive bays
- Supports up to 300 users
- Apple Time Machine compatible
- Print server
- Web-based interface
- NAS to external drive backup
- RAID 0/1/5/5+spare/6
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 x eSATA, 2 x USB 2.0
- 3-Year limited warranty
User Reviews (142)
A nice choice of RAID modes + really easy RAID configuration
Eco management that allows to reduce power consumption
Dual LAN interface allows to double the transfer rates
Simple and user friendly administration.
Allows sharing content easily and instantly within Windows or Mac based workgroups using active directory.
Compatible with Mac's Time Machine
Aluminum casing, which is good for heat dissipation
Allows UPS monitoring. UPS is instantly recognized by 5big, no need to install anything
Nice choice of licensed software for PC (Genie Back up manager) and for Mac (Intego)
Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports
Dual LAB interface allows to double the transfer rates
The blue button in front is a bit annoying
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