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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  • edward1987 - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Have they been actually tested on new Mac book with Thunderbolt3? There are Couple of Akitio Thunderbolt3 products which are incompatible. And soon coming out Pegasus3.
  • ddriver - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Such a thin, high tower, full of fragile hdd's just begging to be knocked over. Very poor choice.
  • bigboxes - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    In the picture, where is it getting knocked over to?
  • ddriver - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    In the picture it is next to a speaker that will ruin it anyway.
  • bigboxes - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Not true. Do you believe anything you post?
  • dsumanik - Thursday, November 3, 2016 - link

    And it only costs 3 mortgage payments...

    I mean come on, the controllers in these things are probably grand total 35 dollars.

    Chassis should be a 150 bucks max, and BYOD (bring you own disks)
  • edward1987 - Monday, January 23, 2017 - link

    120TB for 15k - deposit for mortgage :) ( But I guess its what you get back from investment.
  • Valantar - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Considering the weight of 12 3,5" HDDs, I'd say it would take a significant knock to the top part of the case to make it topple, even if its base is quite small. Gravity can be useful.
  • ddriver - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    Unless the center of gravity is low weight does nothing about stability. You could easily knock over a 10 ton steel pole that balances on its base.

    A horizontal rackmount compatible enclosure would make more sense, plus most professionals out there already have gear racks.
  • Meteor2 - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    This isn't a 10 foot tall steel pole!

    It's designed to live on or under a desk, so of course it's a tower. If you don't like it, don't buy it.

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