LaCie has announced the Biggest S2S, a five-bay RAID tower capable of reaching interface speeds of 3GB/sec with serial ATA (SATA) technology. With sustained transfer rates of 187MB/sec, this compact tower works well for fast real-time storage of uncompressed video files thanks to its true SATA II-to-SATA II connection. Biggest S2S offers a combination of up to 2.5TB capacity, RAID security, and fast throughput.
Biggest S2S can be easily configured in to the following settings: Fast (RAID 0), in which disks are striped together for best performance without redundancy; Safe (RAID 1), in which all data is mirrored on duplicate disks for ultimate redundancy; Safe + Fast, (RAID 0+1) a combination of striping for speed and mirroring for redundancy; Big, in which drives are strung together or concatenated and treated as one large volume for maximum storage; or JBOD, in which each physical disk is independent and mapped completely to its logical volume.
LaCie Biggest S2S will ship in the U.S. beginning July and worldwide in September. All units ship with drives preconfigured to Fast (RAID 0) for immediate use. Biggest S2S comes with necessary cables and the LaCie SATA II 3GB/s PCI-X Card 4E. All Biggest S2S towers include a standard two-year warranty. The 1.25TB model is priced at $1,999 and the 2.5 TB model at $3,499. More information can be found at www.lacie.com/products/family.htm?id=10007.