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LaCie 8big Rack Now Available With Up to 48 TB Storage, Dual Thunderbolt 2 Ports

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LaCie today announced the availability of its 8big Rack storage device. Unveiled earlier this year at the annual NAB trade show, the LaCie 8big Rack is the company's first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount storage solution.

The 8big Rack includes 48 terabytes of capacity with eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM hard drives that deliver speeds up to 1330 MB/s. Geared towards 4K videographers and other professional media editors, the 8big Rack also features Raid 5/6 data redundancy and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports that expand the storage potential of the Mac Pro to 1.7 petabytes.

The LaCie 8big Rack (48TB) is available today for $4,599.99 through LaCie and its authorized resellers. The storage solution also is available in a four-disk 12 TB or an eight-disk 24 TB configuration for $1,599.99 and $2,599.99, respectively.

Article Link: LaCie 8big Rack Now Available With Up to 48 TB Storage, Dual Thunderbolt 2 Ports
 

paulrbeers

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Wow...
Couple years ago, only MB of storage cost hundreds of dollars.
Then to GB to TB. Now PB?
Technology evolves FAST

Couple of years? More like 20.... 15 years ago I built my first PC and it had a 13GB hard drive that I paid only about $150....
 

bennibeef

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Oh for the money to be able to build my own 1000TB server at home.

For 4500$ its really not a bad price to get a 48 TB Thunderbolt array. Lets say dont use Thunderbolt because its not really possible to build it self with that interface but a server with 48TB is not cheap.

Lets say use the Seagate 6TB drives and better use raid 6 at least means you need 10 drives and the price for the "desktop consumer" version is now at amazon 290$ you are already at 2900$. Count in a at least >500$ raid controller, case motherboard, cpu...
 

Genkakuzai

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Not a big fan of Lacie overall... but this looks pretty nifty. Not that I in any way need that much storage but.
 

macduke

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Came here to say that price isn't too bad, all things considered. Too bad they don't use the new 8GB drives that came out the other day. Now THAT would be a big rack. :D

I'm loving my 4TB Seagate RAID 0 USB 3.0 portable drive that I picked up several months back. I do a couple backups per week to a desktop 4TB drive for redundancy. Highly recommended. It's amazing to have 4TB of fast storage that fits in your pocket. I keep a copy of my entire Lightroom Library on there, along with a bunch of other stuff like backups of client and work projects, iTunes catalog, and I have tons of room to spare.
 

ricci

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Love the rack mounts in the music studio! Sleek and small foot print tucked away in an environmental cabinet ! Love the advancement in tech but reliablility is paramount!
 

cebseb

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Oh for the money to be able to build my own 1000TB server at home.

Reliability would be an issue will it not? I also prefer building my own servers, but the time it takes to price things out, order, build, troubleshoot compatibility, almost makes up for the premium price.
 

whtrbt7

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Why no RAID 50 or 60? With Petabytes of storage, I would hope to have some speed gains with a striped array. Lacie has been really reliable with their RAID arrays with the 4big devices and their customer service rocks. I'm hoping they make some SSD RAID arrays in the near future to take advantage of speed gains.
 

iBug2

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Oh for the money to be able to build my own 1000TB server at home.

3TB disks cost 150$ in my country. So for 4500$ you can get 90TB. And that's just the disks.

How the hell are you going to buy 1000TB for 4500$?
 

Peel

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I remember my neighbor had the first hard drive (external) available for his 512k Macintosh - 1986. The case was designed to fit under the Mac, with the same footprint as the computer. It had a whopping 5 MEGAbytes. Everyone was wowed by the technology.
 

mbrannon47

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Could you network this to multiple computers, or is it for single-computer use only? Would love to have 2 or 3 machines access this at once but I'm not too familiar with how Thunderbolt works.
 

bsloss

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Could you network this to multiple computers, or is it for single-computer use only? Would love to have 2 or 3 machines access this at once but I'm not too familiar with how Thunderbolt works.

The Thunderbolt connection would likely mount the array as a local disk. It would be pretty simple to share access to the array over the network to other computers, but the machine connected via thunderbolt would have to stay on for any other device to connect.
 

FireWire2

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12 bay Thunderbolt 2 rack mount - RM12-S6.TB2

Eight bay and no front load, it's gonna required a team to replace a drive :)

How does that compare to RM12-S6.TB2 from DATOptic.

With 8TB, you have a 96TB box. With SAS option, you can have up to 128x HDD connected
 
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FireWire2

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Could you network this to multiple computers, or is it for single-computer use only? Would love to have 2 or 3 machines access this at once but I'm not too familiar with how Thunderbolt works.

Yes you can, like bsloss stated. Just create a share. But this set up has a benefit, that is the local host system will have 1300MB/s+ transfer rate
 
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