LaCie has launched a dual-disk RAID hard drive that offers both Gigabit Ethernet and media server capabilities.
The LaCie Network SpaceMAX drive is a 2TB device can be used with a UPnP (universal plug and play) or DNLA client such as a Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360 games console. It costs £249 inc VAT.
The Space MAX's drives can be configured as Raid O or Raid 1 depending on the security versus storage needs of the user. Remote access features allow the Space MAX to be used and content served up via a web browser login.
Despite the high-specification networking capabilities of the Space MAX, LaCie is also aiming the device at novice networkers.
"Even for networking beginners, LaCie Network hard drives offer a simple way to share one's media between multiple computers in the home," said Patrick Salin, LaCie Digital Home Business Unit Manager. "The RAID 1 capability of LaCie's Network Space MAX means users can be assured their valuable data is always safe and accessible."
The drive's media server function supports iTunes libraries, so tracks stored on it can be streamed to the iTunes client on connected PCs. A dashboard interface allows the user to control media playback.
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