With the amazing developments in media technologies, the need for bigger and better storage solutions is being felt by hardware sellers all across the globe. Between 3D, HDR & 4K, media professionals too have started to echo this demand.
LaCie, the French computer hardware company has come up with an impressive answer to this problem, in the form of the 12Big Thunderbolt 3.
This practically named storage solution features 12 individual hot swappable 7,200RPM hard drives with 256MB cache. These hard drive share their storage space via Thunderbolt connections, thus forming a massive overall storage space of 96TB.
The thunderbolt connection, combined with a brand new hardware RAID controller gives the setup the ability to transfer data at speeds of up to 2,600 MB/s read and 1,700 MB/s write in RAID 0 mode and 2,400 MB/s read and 1,200 MB/s write in RAID 5.
Understanding the pressure this sort of work takes on the hardware, the setup also features four thermoregulated fans to pull heat away from the drives. The whole setup is encased in a housing designed by Neil Poulton, featuring LEDs on the front to indicate drive health and RAID status.
If you feel that the whole setup is a bit too excessive for your needs, then you can opt for the 48TB and 72TB options too.
All three variants come with a user-friendly interface that lets you set up and monitor the storage systems, with tools for tweaking CPU settings and providing diagnostic information.
So far, no pricing information has been released, but we will hopefully get it at the launch, sometime this summer.