LaCie this week has introduced two new workstation-grade external storage solutions using Thunderbolt 3 with the focus on big on-the-desk data storage. The 6big and 12big devices pack in six or twelve enterprise-grade hard drives respectively and can provide up to 60 TB or up to 120 TB of storage space. The HDDs can be implemented as a JBOD or work in various RAID modes. LaCie’s devices promise to be able to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 40 Gb/s bandwidth by providing up to 1400 MB/s or 2600 MB/s read speeds, which can be important for those who work with UHD video content.

The LaCie 6big and 12big DAS with six and 12 drive bays are made of aluminum and come with integrated PSUs and cooling. The storage devices are based on a proprietary platform from LaCie, which supports hardware RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50 modes. Seagate, the owner of the LaCie brand, does not disclose details about the platform behind the new DAS products, but it naturally has a hardware RAID controller (presumably from Seagate’s LSI division) as well as Intel’s Alpine Ridge controller for Thunderbolt 3.

The LaCie 6big and the LaCie 12big external storage devices will be sold in various configurations that use different hard drives, all of which support hot swapping and feature 7200 RPM spindle speed. The top-of-the-range 60 TB and 120 TB models use Seagate’s helium-filled Enterprise Capacity 10 TB HDDs rated for 2 million MTBF and 550 TB/year writes unannounced 10 TB HDD. Meanwhile the lower-capacity DAS devices will use Seagate’s Enterprise NAS HDDs rated for 1.2 million hours MTBF and 300 TB/year writes. The LaCie 6big and 12big will initially be available fully populated, and from a performance point of view maximum read and write speeds will mostly depend on RAID modes.

Update 11/3: As it appears, the LaCie 6big and 12big DAS do not use Seagate's Enterprise Capacity 10 TB HDDs, but rely on unannounced 10 TB drives from the company.

The LaCie 6big and 12big DAS
  6big 12big
HDDs Unannounced 10 TB HDD
Enterprise NAS 8 TB
Enterprise NAS 6 TB
Enterprise NAS 4 TB
Maximum Number of HDDs 6 12
Capacity 60 TB (6 × 10 TB)
48 TB (6 × 8 TB)
36 TB (6 × 6 TB)
24 TB (6 × 4 TB)
120 TB (12 × 10 TB)
96 TB (12 × 8 TB)
72 TB (12 × 6 TB)
48 TB (12 × 4 TB)
RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50
RAID 0 Read Speed 1400 MB/s 2600 MB/s
Write Speed 1400 MB/s 1700 MB/s
RAID 5 Read Speed 1200 MB/s 2400 MB/s
Write Speed 1150 MB/s 1200 MB/s
Ports 2 × Thunderbolt 3
1 × USB Type-C
Fans 2 4
PSU 250 W 400 W
Dimensions (W x H x L) 161 × 225 × 237 mm
6.3 × 8.9 × 9.3 inch
161 × 447 × 237 mm
6.3 × 17.6 × 9.3 inch
Cables Included USB-C (Thunderbolt 40Gb/s or USB 3.1 10Gb/s) cable
USB-C to USB-A cable
Power cable
Software LaCie RAID Manager
LaCie Private-Public for AES 256-bit software encryption
Intego Backup Manager Pro
Genie Backup Manager Pro
Prices 24 TB starts at $3199 48 TB starts at $6399

Both DAS solutions from LaCie feature two Thunderbolt 3 ports, making it possible to daisy-chain a display or another TB3 device to the storage arrays. In addition, the 6big and the 12big are equipped with one USB 3.1 Type-C connector which allows to use them with systems not equipped with TB3, but at considerably lower speeds (i.e., up to 350 – 400 MB/s depending on RAID mode).

Like other LaCie’s DAS products with multiple drives, the 6big and the 12big come with the company’s proprietary RAID management software that allows setting them up and then monitoring the condition of the drives.

For pricing the LaCie 6big 24 TB starts at $3199 whereas the LaCie 12big 48 TB starts at $6399.

Source: LaCie

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  • ddriver - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Well golly gee, thanks for the heads up Captain Obvious, I was just about to order!

    Also, I take it that you like it and will buy it, right?
  • Valantar - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - link

    Given that the 12big is 44,7cm tall, the centre of gravity (given that it's full of drives) would be 22,35cm off the table/floor. Then again, the PSU is on the bottom as well, which weighs at least as much as a HDD. And the bottom needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the drives, so it'll have some extra metal as well. I guesstimate the centre of gravity to be around 18cm from the bottom. While having a centre of gravity higher than the width of the base is far from ideal, I'd say it's a non-issue in this case. Bumping it with anything less than your shoulder/body would hardly shift this thing, not to mention tilt it enough to pass the point where it would topple.

    And yes, of course mass makes a difference - more mass requires more energy to shift beyond the balancing point, regardless of the distribution.
  • xype - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - link

    Geez, just _what_ are you doing at your desk to knock a LaCie block of metal over? Are AnandTech comments getting you _that_ worked up that you’d be flailing your arms and legs around and keep hitting it?
  • ddriver - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - link

    Look who's talking, mister underscore frenzy LOL. Block of metal? It is essentially a computer case. Accidents happen, people bump into stuff, or lose balance, earthquakes are common in certain regions.

    Anyway, what's your problem with people expressing educated opinions, are you a fascist or something?
  • kissiel - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    That bunch of disks sitting next to a speaker unsettles me.
  • BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Those are Seagate drives. What could possibly go wrong?
  • BurntMyBacon - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - link

    I think this comment is most appropriately read in the voice of Gobber (How to Train Your Dragon). At least that is how I'm reading it. :)
  • joelypolly - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    I takes a lot more magnetic force than what is in a speaker to cause issues to a HDD
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Perhaps he is referring to the vibrations from sound "upsetting" HDDs?
  • cygnus1 - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Was going to say the same thing. Apparently the speaker vibration would do more damage than magnetic field it might be projecting.

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