SEAGATE HAS announced the arrival of the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt, which it claims is the world's biggest desktop storage device.
The 12big is aimed at filmmakers, small production houses and video professionals, and contains a mind-boggling 96TB of storage (smaller sizes are available). The system provides speeds of up to 2600MB/s, offering the ability to edit 6K video seamlessly. It can still fly through at 2400MB/s even with RAID 5 enabled.
The 12big has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, allowing buyers to daisy-chain 12bigs together into the computer from Superman III. Also aboard is a USB 3.1 (Type-C) for universal compatibility.
The 12big can store over 100 hours of 4K footage, or 75 hours of 5K footage, and allows for the editing of uncompressed HD 10-bit videos.
Also included is a hardware RAID controller and new RAID software controller and 7200RPM drives.
“LaCie is committed to helping video professionals master ever-increasing data demands by ensuring that their irreplaceable data is secure, available on demand and always driving value,” said Tim Bucher, senior vice president of Seagate and LaCie Branded Solutions.
“The combination of higher spatial resolution and 3D imagery, as well as higher dynamic range and frame rates, is driving the need for high-capacity and high-speed digital storage systems.
"We purpose-built the LaCie 12big to have the speed, capacity and reliability to efficiently download and edit even the most demanding content so our customers can focus on making their creative vision a reality.”
The 12big is coming this summer in 48TB, 72TB and 96TB capacities. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but 'not cheap' is a good guestimate. LaCie uses the term "future proof" a lot, which suggests that the firm is aiming at a one-off big investment. µ
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