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Kool Tools: LaCie RAID storage solutions

At the 2019 NAB Show, LaCie announced two new storage solutions for creative professionals and prosumers. The new LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle and LaCie 2big RAID build on the brand’s record of efficient preservation of high-value, high-resolution digital imagery through the capture, edit, distribution, and archiving workflow.

Digital transformation in the media and entertainment industry has led to rapid data growth. In fact, according to a recent IDC whitepaper sponsored by Seagate, the media and entertainment (M&E) datasphere – the amount of data created, captured or replicated across the globe – is expected to grow at a 25% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2018 to 2025.

Addressing the increasing demand for reliable, high-performance storage offering portability, the LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle, designed by acclaimed product designer, Neil Poulton, is the next iteration of the brand’s popular Rugged lineup. For 14 years, the Rugged drives have served creative professionals across the globe with reliable and secure storage solutions that offer industry-leading drop, shock, water, and dust resistance.

Designed with its famous orange rubber shell, the Rugged RAID Shuttle sports a massive 8TB of storage capacity in a clever flat design that can easily fit in a backpack or shipping envelope, making it an ideal shuttle drive for creative pros. It offers up to 250 MB/s in RAID 0 for performance, and RAID 1 for data redundancy, easily configured through the LaCie Toolkit. The drive also features Seagate Secure Hardware Encryption with password protection helping to keep your sensitive data protected from unauthorized access or intellectual property theft.

The Rugged RAID Shuttle offers USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s) technology with USB-C connector compatible with next-generation Thunderbolt 3 and is backward compatible with USB 3.0. With a 3-year limited warranty and Seagate’s Rescue Data Recovery Services included, the drive includes a complimentary 1-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud All-Apps plan (a $52.99 value) featuring Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and more. The 8TB LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle will be available in May with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $529.99.

For creatives who constantly juggle data-intensive projects with the need for professional grade speed, the LaCie 2big RAID offers up to 16TB of capacity for desktop storage featuring Seagate’s IronWolf Pro enterprise-class drives. Users can transfer footage quickly and efficiently with speeds of up to 440 MB/s and rely on the device’s USB-C connection for universal compatibility including Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s), and legacy USB 3.0.

Also designed by Neil Poulton, the LaCie 2big RAID features a space gray aluminum enclosure designed to reduce noise and vibration. It is pre-formatted exFAT and takes the mystery out of setting up RAID modes through the included LaCie Toolkit with RAID configuration. With a standard 5-Year Limited Warranty with Rescue Data Recovery Services and complimentary 1-month Adobe Creative Cloud All-Apps plan, LaCie 2big RAID is available this month with MSRPs of $419 (4TB), $529 (8TB), and $739 (16TB).

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