LaCie is a company that is involved in providing external storage solutions. It has been into this for some time now and has made quite a name for them in this domain. Very recently LaCie launched a new product which they very interestingly called 5big. That’s unusual for a product name but when LaCie named this they had a reason for it. The 5big storage device is not the run of the mill storage device. It is real BIG and unique. It has an Intel D410 1.6Ghz single core CPU, 5 hard drives that are swappable and each can accept drives up to 2TB each. Now that’s some capacity. The storage device consists of a number of software that are both Windows and Mac compatible. All in all it has a total storage capacity in the tune of 5TB or 10TB.

Storage and Backup Servers
The new LaCie 5big backup servers are targeted more towards the small and medium sized enterprises and are a real boon for them. With the help of the these storage and backup servers the companies using it can have a centralized file and bare metal backup for 10 PCs and 25 Macs. It also provides data protection against drive failure and is compatible with both Windows and Mac. It is powered by high performance 64-bit Intel processor 1.6GHz Atom processor coupled with 2G of RAM and Microsoft WHS and has the online file and full system restore facility. It is also time machine compatible.

Features
The LaCie 5big storage and backup server supports all necessary file sharing formats like, SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI, HTTP and FTP. Apart from this it also supports the windows active directory. This feature of the LaCie 5big enables it to ensure easy and efficient integration into existing IT set up. The hard disk, which is huge in capacity (up to 10TB) is further scalable which gives it enough longevity in future as well. The LaCie 5big storage and backup server is very user friendly and does not require any specialized IT guy to operate it. It fits into the office environment very easily and helps you store you data and create a back up very easily. The user manuals are also available which are very helpful. Apart from this the customer support is always there who are well trained to guide them user in case of any query.
Compatibility
What makes LaCie 5big storage and backup server a cut above the rest of the small business servers is that it is fully compatible with Mac systems and environments through its support for AFP, Spotlight, and the AppleTalk stack for legacy applications. It has the option for automatic backup and restore and is also compatible with Time Machine.
Other Products from the company
LaCie have also kept in mind the environmental factors in mind and have designed a recyclable aluminum casing, advanced power management options, and power-efficient processor. The cooling system is also very efficient and effective. It is available in many capacities and also extends a 3 year warranty which is a bonus for any user.