LaCie Ethernet Disk or Xserve Raid

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ipacmm, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I am looking to add a good network data server, so I have narrowed it down to the LaCie Eathernet Disk 2TB or an Xserve Raid (haven't decided on which size).

    LaCie 2TB - $1,549

    Xserve Raid - A lot more money..

    So which one do you think will be better? I know the Xserve Raid will do a lot more and can be expanded in size but is it really worth the major price difference over the LaCie rack?
  2. Alistair macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2004
    Before I start, I've not had direct experience of either but do run a network of almost 200 Macs, so may have faced similar issues. What is your environment?

    If you are considering the XServe do I assume that you already have some sort of Mac server? If so, what is the processor and network load on the machine? If they are not very high, would you consider additional storage for that machine either internal or external SATA2 for instance?

    As I see see them the advantages of the LaCie are:
    Needs almost no dependancy on other servers
    Adds very little load to existing servers
    Can be positioned anywhere on your network

    Disadvantages being
    Limited to 25 concurrent users
    May require more user management with a large number of users
  3. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    What are your plans for it? Xserve RAID is good for expanding later on.
  4. ipacmm thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I already have a few Xserve's so I can use one as the head node if I were to get the Xserve Raid...I am going to use it as a network storage and remote access to the hard drives. It is nice that the Xraid can be expanded but I just don't know if it is worth it...
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    What is the redundancy in the critical components other than the mechanisms?

    I would hate like heck to run a terabyte disk array for a bunch of users, and have it run with a single, non-redundant power supply...
  6. Alistair macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2004
    Yes, good point. I guess only you'll know how important uptime is as opposed to data protection. At our school for instance we consider some of the data fairly critical but in a worst case scenario not accessing it for a few hours while we replaced a part would not be life or death. As a result various RAID levels are in place as well as backups but generally our devices only have single power supplies. Having said that, I've only ever had a single Apple power supply go. Touch wood!

    I am fairly sure that the XServe has no single common failure point (hot swap drives, power supplies and cooling modules and dual fibre connections) where as it looks to me as though the LaCie has a single cooling, power supply and network connectivity.

    If you already have XServes I suspect the management may be substantially easier and more flexible when adding a new one compared to bringing a completely different architecture in. On the other hand, as you say, it is a lot more money.
  7. rreisner macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2006
    LaCie Ethernet Disk on Mac Network Issues

    I have a new LaCie Ethernet Disk attached to my mac network (one powerboo, one ibook, one mini) and I constantly have issues with manipulating files on the Ethernet Disk since they are not formatted for the mac environment. If I erase and format the Ethernet Disk for MAC I will lose the embedded Windos XP.
    Should I do this? Anyone else have these issues?

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