LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt™ 2

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Fibre Channel DAS has been dethroned. Featuring Thunderbolt 2 speeds of up to 1330 MB/s and 48TB in a 1U rackmount size, the LaCie 8big Rack has seized the crown. Video pros, meet the king of storage for 4K workflows.

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Thunderbolt 2 Speeds for the 4K Era

With Thunderbolt 2 technology, the interface is no longer the performance bottleneck. For the 8big Rack, LaCie harnessed the breakthrough performance potential of the Thunderbolt 2 I/O, squeezing the absolute best speeds out of the hard disks. Add a hardware RAID controller and 7200 RPM disks, and the result is incredible, sustained speeds of up to 1330 MB/s that turbocharge 4K workflows, file transfers, or backups.

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With this kind of speed, videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere®, get maximum quality from footage, and see edits in real time. No need to first convert footage into a lower resolution. Avid® Pro Tools® users will notice incredibly smooth audio mixing, even when working with hundreds of tracks simultaneously. Professional photography agencies and other Adobe Lightroom® or Apple Aperture® users can browse through archived libraries of thousands of RAW and edited images, with zero lag.

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Bulletproof Reliability

With full component redundancy, the LaCie 8big Rack gives professionals superb reliability and data security. Fans, disks, and PSU** are fully redundant, hot swappable**, and user-serviceable. And hardware RAID 5/6 provides security against disk failure and data loss, without compromising on transfer speeds. Whatever the contingency, zero data loss, and zero downtime.

The 8big Rack’s innovative cooling system prolongs component lifespan, featuring three efficient, thermoregulated cooling fans to drive airflow. A metal sheet beneath the disks dissipates heat, and cool air flows under the sheet to drain hot air away. Above and between the two rows of disks, air flows from front to back, conducting heat away from sensitive components.

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The Most Powerful I/O, Reinvented

Thunderbolt technology redefined external storage with its speed and versatility for bandwidth-intensive applications. Thunderbolt 2 builds on those advances by doubling the speed potential to 20 Gb/s and enabling simultaneous RAW 4K video editing and display. And thanks to support for DisplayPort 1.2, it’s now possible to daisy chain higher-resolution displays such as 4K monitors.

In addition to higher performances, the Thunderbolt 2 I/O offers dramatically simpler connections than Fibre Channel. Connect the LaCie 8big Rack to a computer via the Thunderbolt cable – no HBA (host bus adapter) necessary – and instantly the volume mounts on your OS. And unlike Fibre Channel, Thunderbolt 2 is truly a plug and play and single-vendor solution. No port mapping or multipathing is required to achieve this performance. Thunderbolt technology even supports optical cables, which means you could connect a LaCie 8big Rack to a computer located up to 60 meters (197 feet) away.

Thanks to dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, you can daisy chain up to six devices to a computer via a single cable (included in the box). For example, you could connect a total of 36 LaCie 8big Racks via the six Thunderbolt 2 ports on a single Mac Pro®, enabling more than 1.7PB (1728TB) and more than 3000 MB/s – in a mere 36U. Compared with Fibre Channel solutions, the LaCie 8big Rack delivers outstanding scalability in half the space, a much simpler setup, and unprecedented performance.

Innovative Design, Breakthrough Usability

8 x 3.5” Disk Bays

Pack more storage in valuable server room space. Reduce the initial investment by purchasing the 4-disk version*** and adding additional disks as needed.

Metal

Sophisticated aluminum front and all-metal enclosure.

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Status LEDs

From any angle, instantly check system health, disk status, and Thunderbolt connectivity, even when many LaCie 8big Racks are installed in a cabinet.

Power-Saving Mode

Save energy by pressing the power button to spin down disks without interrupting daisy chain transfers. Press and hold the button to shut down the product completely.

ID Buttons

From front or rear, press the ID button for an easy way to target a specific LaCie 8big Rack for maintenance. No more guesswork, counting screws, or waiting for a second person to help.

Alarm

Impossible-to-miss notification of degraded RAID. Silence the alarm with the mute button.

Easy Access

The cable management arm lets the LaCie 8big Rack glide out from the cabinet without unplugging cables. And accessing components is as easy as clicking a hidden latch to release the top panel.

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Tool-Free Maintenance

Quickly identify failing components thanks to the internal status LEDs for fans and disks. Then, simply pull out and replace the failed component.

Packed with Value for Pros

LaCie RAID Manager software gives you a centralized, powerful way to configure and monitor all the LaCie 8big Racks that are connected to a single workstation. From one application, you can control the RAID mode, system monitoring, and email alerts. Select RAID 0▲, 1 (two-disk configuration only), 5, 6, 10, or JBOD. RAID Manager even supports RAID migration, so you can move from RAID 5 on 4 disks to RAID 5 on 8 disks – without data loss. And system monitoring can alert you of problems or potential problems via desktop notifications or email, so you can address issues before they result in data loss.
For the ultimate in peace of mind and value, the LaCie 8big Rack features a three-year limited warranty. It includes comprehensive, complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support, and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. You can even upgrade this service with warranty extensions and fast product replacement. Learn more at www.lacie.com/warranties/.

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* These transfer rates were achieved using AJA System Test when connected to a Mac computer via the Thunderbolt 2 interface. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors, such as RAID mode, RAID configuration, and disk capacity.
** The 4-disk version ships with a single PSU, and is therefore not hot-swappable. Purchase an additional PSU Kit to ensure full redundancy.
*** The 4-disk version includes 4 empty disk drawers with screws.
▲ Hot swapping will result in data loss in a RAID 0 array.
When referring to drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one thousand billion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and will not be available for data storage.
Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Thunderbolt 2 Technology
Power-Saving Mode
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  • Data Sheet
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  • LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt™ 2 48TB
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  • Data Sheet
12TB 24TB 48TB
4 x 3TB    8 x 3TB     8 x 6TB
8 or 4 hot-swappable* 7200RPM/64MB cache (or greater) hard disks
2 x Thunderbolt™ 2
20 Gb/s
Reads | Writes (MB/s)**
12 TB (4-disk) RAID 0: 800 | 900
12 TB (4-disk) RAID 5: 600 | 600
24 TB (8-disk) RAID 0: 1330 | 1060
24 TB (8-disk) RAID 5: 1150 | 1060
48 TB (8-disk) RAID 0: 1330 | 1060
48 TB (8-disk) RAID 5: 1130 | 1020
Bidirectional 20 Gb/s permits a high-resolution display and RAW 4K video editing
Reduce power consumption by pressing the front button to spin down disks without disrupting daisy chain transfers (short
press initiates power-saving mode; long press turns product off completely)
Connect up to six Thunderbolt-compatible devices – including Thunderbolt 2 and LaCie Thunderbolt Series products – to a
computer via a single Thunderbolt cable***
Preconfigured HFS+ RAID 5
Hardware RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 6 / 10 / JBOD
Configure RAID using LaCie RAID Manager software
AES 256-bit software encryption▲
Cable management arm
Redundant, hot-swappable fans
Aluminum front and all-metal enclosure
Efficient cooling for long-term reliability
Tool-free component replacement
Cable-free fan, disk, and PSU connections
Two-step easy access to components
Front-facing status LEDs: disks, power, alarm
ID button: from front or back, user-friendly way to identify a product when many are installed in a rack
Alarm with mute button
System monitoring and email alerts for failure and warning events
Idle: 50 dB
Operating mode: 53 dB
Operating max: 69 dB▲▲
1x 100-240 V; 50/60 Hz; 250 W
2x 100-240 V; 50/60 Hz; 250 W
2x 100-240 V; 50/60 Hz; 250 W
477 x 44 x 772 mm | 18.9 x 1.7 x 30.4 in.
With 8 disks: 20 kg | 44 lbs
With 4 disks: 18 kg | 39 lbs
Diskless: 15 kg | 33 lbs
  • Computer with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt*** port
  • Latest version of Windows® 7, Windows 8 (see here for drivers information) / Mac OS® X 10.9 or later
  • Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
  • Intego® Backup Manager Pro
  • LaCie Private-Public (protect data with AES 256-bit encryption)
  • LaCie RAID Manager (administration console)
Download product software here.
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  • Internal power supply (2x or 1x, depending on model)▲▲▲
  • Thunderbolt cable
  • Rack mounting kit
  • Hard disks (number based on model)
  • Empty hard disk trays and screws (for 4-disk model only)
  • Cable management arm kit
  • Quick Install Guide
* Hot swapping will result in data loss in a RAID 0 array.
** These transfer rates were achieved using AJA System Test when connected to a Mac computer via the Thunderbolt 2 interface. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors, such as RAID mode, RAID configuration, and disk capacity.
*** To achieve full interface bandwidth, connect the product to a Thunderbolt 2 port on a computer or device.
▲ Encryption software is only available via download and is not available in Russia.
▲▲ These measurements have been made under normal conditions, one meter/three feet from the front of the product. This value may vary with conditions and product configuration.
▲▲▲ The 4-disk version ships with a single PSU, and is therefore not hot-swappable. Purchase an additional PSU Kit to ensure full redundancy.
When referring to drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one thousand billion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and will not be available for data storage.

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