Press Release

LaCie Debuts The Industry’s Fastest Fibre Channel Storage Solution

July 21, 2010

LaCie announced today the fastest edition to its 12big Rack portfolio – LaCie 12big Rack Fibre 8. Featuring high-performing 8Gb/s Fibre Channel connection and dual controllers, the LaCie 12big Rack Fibre 8 can deliver the fastest transfer speeds on the market – making it an ideal solution for post-production environments and performance demanding IT applications.

Fastest Speeds
Now with the 8Gb/s Fibre Channel interface, the LaCie 12big Rack Fibre 8 is faster than ever, supporting speeds up to 1200MB/s with only 12 drives. It can deliver enough bandwidth to support one full non-interlaced 4K stream. Unlike many Fibre Channel storage solutions, the 12big Rack Fibre 8 ships with dual RAID controllers for the highest reliability and performance. Featuring four 8 Gb/s FC ports,it can be directly connected to four post-production workstations running demanding software like Final Cut Pro® and Autodesk® Smoke®.

For enterprise organizations that require fast data rates for high performance file sharing, the LaCie 12big Rack Fibre 8 can deliver speeds up to 2590MB/s with expansion units – delivering the fastest read and write speeds and 120k IOPS for high performance database hosting.

“Many storage systems today do not support this level of bandwidth unless another Fibre Channel storage system is added, forcing organizations to over-invest in processing power, software and services,” said Guillaume Polaillon, Product Manager, Professional Solutions, LaCie. “LaCie’s 12big Rack Fibre 8 provides organizations with all the power and performance they need from a single unit. Whether you are editing HD video or need to share a huge database, this is the ultimate solution to suit your needs.”

Totally Redundant
The LaCie 12big Rack Fibre 8 has 12 individually tested enterprise class drives and can support six RAID modes for data protection – including 5, 50, and 6 – and up to 120TB capacity. It can also manage a mixed arrangement of SAS and SATA hard drives for IT environments that have varying demands for speed and capacity.

In addition to its 12 hot-swappable disks, the 12big Rack Fibre 8 includes two power supplies and two hot-swappable cooling units. This means the 12big Rack Fibre 8 has no single point of failure. And with a backup battery, users are assured cached data will survive in the case of a power failure. This ensures ultimate data security and quick-and-easy hardware recovery and maintenance.

Complete Compatibility
Compatible with PC, Mac® and Linux systems, the 12big Rack Fibre 8 is optimized for simple integration and scalability. Companies can add it to an existing SAN environment and expand storage with the organization. For companies without an existing SAN environment, it can be configured to work directly with a workstation. Additionally, it supports all standard SAN file systems, including Stornext®, Xsan®, and metaSAN, and is Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) compliant for SAN advancement.

LaCie’s 12big Rack Fibre 8 can be tailored to your exact settings, or users can choose from a list of pre-configured profiles for optimized performance depending on usage.

“We think LaCie’s 12big Rack Fibre 8 is a perfect storage solution for high-end HD post-production environments. Clearly, It has been designed for the most demanding storage needs,” said Jean-Pierre Fournier, Autodesk reseller, Post-Logic. “We performed significant testing using high-end graphics on Autodesk Smoke and had nothing but impressive results.”

The LaCie 12big Rack Fibre 8 is a comprehensive

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1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5–10% less).

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