Storage & NASCES2013: LaCie Debuts Massive 20TB Thunderbolt RAID

CES2013: LaCie Debuts Massive 20TB Thunderbolt RAID


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LaCie also announced a Thunderbolt version of the 5big Pro NAS, bringing up to 20TB of storage to bear on a Thunderbolt-connected system, perfect for photographers and videographers.  Read on for details.


LaCie also announced a Thunderbolt version of the 5big Pro NAS, bringing up to 20TB of storage to bear on a Thunderbolt-connected system, perfect for photographers and videographers.  LaCie claims speeds of up to 785MB/s!  In addition, since this is a Thunderbolt product, you can easily daisy chain additional Thunderbolt products like portable hard drives to extend the functionality of your system.  Here is the press release:

LaCie Debuts Massive 20TB Thunderbolt RAID

January 6, 2013

Today LaCie announced the 5big Thunderbolt™ Series, a massive and lightning-fast five-bay RAID solution. The LaCie 5big features capacity up to 20TB and speeds up to 785MB/s* thanks to five 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0. With this excellent combination of capacity and performance, video professionals have all they need for post-production work including the ability to edit multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams.


With five disks, the LaCie 5big lets the user custom-make RAID configurations. Create a lightning-fast volume with three disks in RAID 0 and a safe volume with two disks in RAID 1. Plus the disks are hot-swappable**, so the user can simply slide a new disk into the safe volume without switching off the device. Use the fast volume for use with Final Cut Pro X™, Adobe® Premiere® or Aperture™, and the safe volume to back up projects.
The LaCie 5big allows video professionals to move from a heavy desktop workstation to a versatile laptop setup with fast and massive external storage. Their desktop setup stays in the office while the laptop goes on business trips. Plus, with dual Thunderbolt ports, the user can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals together.


The LaCie 5big can also be used as a JBOD array. With five working days a week, an IT manager can assign each disk to a daily backup. It is an ideal backup companion to a Mac® Mini Server for businesses that need a professional IT setup.


Additionally, the LaCie 5big’s advanced dual cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua® cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts. Plus, it’s ultra quiet, which makes it perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments.


As a leader in Thunderbolt technology, LaCie has brought to market the largest portfolio of Thunderbolt storage solutions. Additional offerings include the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series and LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. Find out more at


The LaCie 5big, design by Neil Poulton, is available in 10TB and 20TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at $1,199.00. Thunderbolt cable included. For more product information, visit


The LaCie 5big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. It includes comprehensive, complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support, and worldwide repair/replacement coverage. Warranty extensions and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit

Styling, hardware specs (other than the Thunderbolt support), and NASOS3 are the same as is found on the 5big Pro NAS, which we told you about here.  Check out product pictures below.



This is available in 10TB and 20TB versions, starting at $1,199, and is available now.

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Press Release
Jim McCarthy
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