New LaCie Ethernet Disk is 6TB, works with Apple’s Time Machine

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So, it looks like LaCie has a new ethernet disk that has six terabytes in capacity. I mean, that’s wow and all, but it doesn’t come close when the LaCie says that it is compatible with Apple’s new feature – Time Machine. While we don’t know if that is true or not, nor is it sanctioned by Apple, but with the press release saying that its “ability to work together with Apple Time Machine allows Mac users to take advantage of the continuous data protection the software provides” – it must be good.

This Network Attached Storage (NAS) device comes in a 1U 19-inch rack-mounted case, and will work with all operating systems; and it can support 100 users with different, and customisable, access rights; with up to 25 users accessing the drive at the same time. It was also designed by Neil Poulton, who is the creators of the “ageing pens” – which are pens “made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use”.

It’s not really cheap, because it costs a whopping US$1,499. As well, according to the LaCie Australian website, it doesn’t have a pricing here yet, meaning that it is most likely not going to come here.

But if you think that’s a bit too expensive, but want the same functionality; you can get a 4TB version for US$1,099.99 or a 2TB version for $749.99. And yes, these two versions will be coming to Australia; with the 4TB costing AU$2,399.00 and the 2TB version setting you back $1,699.00.

Press Release is below, after the jump.

LaCie Ethernet Disk: Up to 6TB in a Rack-Mounted Backup Appliance

18 December 2008

  • 1U 19" rack-mounted backup solution for small and medium business
  • Most comprehensive data backup and protection software suite in its class
  • Can be used together with Apple® Time Machine™
  • Powered by trusted Windows® XP Embedded
  • Instantly store and share files with Mac®, PC, Linux or Unix users

LaCie today introduced a new version of its award-winning Ethernet Disk, a network-attached storage (NAS) device featuring a capacity increase of up to 6TB in a 1U 19" rack form factor. Designed by Neil Poulton, it is the most compact all-in-one rack-mounted backup appliance operating in heterogeneous ecosystems.

Designed for small and medium business needs, the Ethernet Disk is powered by the field-proven Windows XP embedded operating system that provides all the necessary features for data backup, storage and file-sharing through its Gigabit Ethernet connection. Thanks to Active Directory compatibility, the LaCie Ethernet Disk supports a total of 100 users with customizable access rights to different shares, with up to 25 concurrent users.

"Microsoft is pleased to work with LaCie to provide the core embedded foundation for its new Ethernet Disk," said John Doyle, Senior Product Manager for the Windows Embedded Business. "We are excited to provide customers with an innovative platform that allows them to develop a, smart, connected device that offers increased security and storage capabilities."

Developed to provide data protection for Windows, MAC, Linux and Unix-based workstations, the LaCie Ethernet Disk ships with three licenses of both Genie Backup Manager ProTM for Windows and Intego Backup Manager ProTM for Mac, which can perform scheduled file backups for workstations. The LaCie Ethernet Disk’s ability to work together with Apple Time Machine allows Mac users to take advantage of the continuous data protection the software provides.

The included backup software protects against major disasters and natural catastrophes by offering a computer recovery function for selected workstations. Optional extra licenses are available through the LaCie online store.

The LaCie Ethernet Disk can integrate into any global disaster recovery plan, as its built-in engine can back up its volumes either onto a USB-connected DAS (direct-attached storage) to be taken off-site, or remotely onto another NAS.

"Backing up data – even mission-critical data – always boils down to making and storing copies of data, located on your primary storage device, onto a secondary device," said Erwan Girard, LaCie Product Manager. "For this reason, the perfect backup companion for your information system should be kept simple and cost-effective. The LaCie Ethernet Disk offers computer backup and recovery, and backs itself up onto a NAS or DAS, all at the best price-per-terabyte ratio in the market. It is therefore an excellent complement to the complex and expensive technology used in front end storage servers."

Availability
The LaCie Ethernet Disk is available immediately in capacities of 2TB, 4TB and 6TB through the LaCie Online Store or LaCie resellers at the suggested retail price starting at $749.99 (excluding VAT), which includes a three-year limited warranty. Silicon feet and bracket covers are included for standalone use, as well as power and Ethernet cables. The optional Rack Rail Kit is available for $59.99 while the Advance Replacement Option is available for European customers for €124. For more information visit www.lacie.com.

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan’s Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France. www.neilpoulton.com

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit www.lacie.com/au/