LaCie ( says its professional 5-bay RAID server is now available in a diskless model. Users can migrate from zero to five disks without data loss.

With the 5big Network 2 diskless model, you can leverage unused drives or purchase new drives based on availability and demand. It will automatically build the RAID mode accordingly. The 5big Network 2 also offers RAID modes 5 and 6, which provide automatic, hardware-level data protection. If a single disk fails, simply replace it without turning off the appliance or data.

Business owners, administrators and managers can organize a backup regimen for multiple Mac, Windows and Linux workstations. The 5big Network 2 is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine and Windows 7 Backup. Additionally, with its dual LAN ports, the 5big Network 2 supports speeds up to 70MB/second.

For traveling employees, the 5big Network 2 features remote access. This allows them to share files anywhere with an Internet connection. Employees can even share files from their iPhone or iPad by installing LaCie’s free iOS app, MyNAS.

The 5big Network 2 is available in diskless, 5TB, 10TB, and 15TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Storage Partners starting at the suggested retail price of US$349.