LaCie on Tuesday announced three new network-attached storage products aimed at small to midsize businesses. All three products feature aluminum enclosures that anyone familiar with LaCie’s other offerings should recognize, as well as faster processors than their predecessors, Gigabit Ethernet, and a new widget-based interface. They all will work with OS X 's Time Machine backup capability. They can also be expanded or backed up through included USB 2.0 or eSATA ports. Additionally, the Network 2 line ships with Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac.
The d2 Network 2 is a single-drive model that comes in 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB configurations, with prices starting at $230. It can be connected to your network over Gigabit Ethernet or directly via USB 2.0.
A two-drive model, the 2big Network 2 comes in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB configurations with a starting price of $400. It can be set up as either RAID 0, striped for fast performance, or as RAID 1, mirrored for a higher level of data protection.
The third and final addition to the line is the 5big Network that holds (you guessed it) five drives with capacities ranging from 2.5TB to 10TB and prices from $700 to $1680. With the extra drives, the 5big Network has more RAID options available, including RAID 5, which can protect data with one drive failure, and RAID 6 which can tolerate two drives failing without data loss.
All three drives come with a three-year limited warranty. The d2 Network 2 and the 2big Network 2 should be available now, but are currently listed as out of stock on LaCie's Website. The 5Big Network 2 should be available in approximately two weeks.