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LaCie updates NAS OS 3, boosting RAID 5 speed, hybrid cloud capability

LaCie updates its NAS 0S 3 software, increasing RAID 5 write speeds by 25%, while expanding hybrid cloud capabilities.

LaCie, a computer hardware company based in Paris, last week announced an update to its NAS OS 3 software, increasing RAID 5 write speeds, expanding hybrid cloud capabilities, and adding other features geared for small- and medium-sized businesses.

The company claims the network-attached storage (NAS) OS 3.1 software, which powers the LaCie 5big NAS Pro and 2big NAS systems, will increase RAID 5 write speeds by 25%. The increase will result in RAID 5 write speeds of up to 100 MB/second on a single LAN, enabling IT administrators to back up several computers to the NAS simultaneously. Likewise, content creators will be able to edit 1080p content straight from the NAS.

Like NAS OS 3, NAS OS 3.1 can sync data between a computer and the cloud, but will also now let users sync data between a computer and the NAS, ensuring all employees have the most up-to-date version of files on their devices. The sync functionality will allow internal information, such as price lists and marketing collateral, to be accessible via smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

Other features of the NAS OS 3 include hardware monitoring that alerts IT administrators in real time of potential issues with the fan, CPU and RAM. It features SMART hard-disk diagnostic tests and hardware status email alerts, enabling IT admins to stay up to date with data security and potential downtime issues.

LaCie has added support for multiple iSCSI initiators and targets, including compatibility with Citrix, VMware or Hyper-V virtual servers. The company claims the software upgrade will allow admins to combine storage into data center arrays, while letting host computers mount network storage as if it were direct-attached disks. They can also host multiple virtual machines with several iSCSI targets.

Version 3.1 is available now for the 5big NAS Pro, and will be available in August for the 2big NAS. The upgrade offers full compatibility with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, as well as Mac OS 10.5, 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.

The upgrade is downloadable for free to 5big and 2big users by visiting the "support" widget in the product dashboard.

The 5big storage unit sells for $529 as a diskless device, $1,199 for the 10 TB version, and $2,099 for the 20 TB version. The 2big storage unit sells for $179 for the diskless version, $399 for the 4TB version, $499 for the 6TB version, and $699 for the 8TB version. Both the 5big and 2big come with a three-year limited warranty.

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