Miscellaneous Factors and Concluding Remarks

Our NAS reviews include RAID expansion and rebuild times as well as an overview of the power consumption of the unit during various operations. At the time of the lift of the NDA, our RAID-5 rebuild is 85% done (Update: Done!). However, we do have the elapsed time and power numbers for some of the other operations.

LaCie 5big NAS Pro RAID Expansion and Rebuild / Power Consumption
Activity Duration Average Power Consumption
RAID-0 to RAID-1 (4 TB to 4 TB / 1 to 2 drives) 11h 50m 45s 41.14 W
RAID-1 to RAID-5 (4 TB to 12 TB / 2 to 4 drives) 32h 50m 22s 58.84 W
RAID-5 to RAID-5 (12 TB to 16 TB / 4 to 5 drives) 44h 14m 19s 67.86 W
RAID-5 Rebuild (12 TB to 16 TB / 4 to 5 drives) 23h 27m 39s 68.73 W

Concluding Remarks - Setting the Stage

In terms of concluding remarks, it has to be said that we didn't encounter any show-stopper bugs or disappointing performance figures. LaCie had three main differentiating aspects and the verdict on each of those factors is positive to overwhelmingly positive. The SimplyRAID novice RAID feature is a welcome addition to NAS OS 3. However, it is the minimum LaCie had to implement to lay claims to being user friendly and catch up with the competition. The rescue web admin USB key is innovative and the hybrid cloud technology is a refreshing and praiseworthy approach to secure cloud storage and tying it up in a seamless manner with access to private NAS storage.

We have to wait for a few more firmware versions before features that users take for granted in a SMB NAS are made available. Some of these include drive health check up and scans (or, at the least, SMART status reporting), multiple iSCSI targets and SSH access for advanced users. Readers can look ahead to evaluation of these features as well as NFS performance in the second part of the review.

Multi-Client Performance Benchmarks
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  • julieno - Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - link

    Indeed Wuala can be used to:
    - back up certain shares from your NAS in the cloud to secure them offsite. Don't forget that to backup the NAS' entire content, you can buy a second one and use it as full backup target offsite
    - sync folders between employees that are highly mobile / often remote.
    The plus being that Wuala does not scan, share or know a thing about your data or password.
  • wirelessrouters - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - link

    Its only for small business. Too much high price so out of reach for general user.
  • philipma1957 - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    My point is the device can have 10tb of info with ease even more. Wuala offered 1tb for 1100 a year. For the single user. 1tb out of 10tb would be selective. For a single user it would be expensive. Basically cost prohibitive unless the info was truly need for making money. Ie a small business The business plan had only one offering 100gb and 5 users. It was 429 a year. They did say they had other plans to call them.

    If I load this device with 4tb drives run as raid5 with a good ups setup. I can store 16tb of info. 100gb out of 16tb is not much. 1tb is more reasonable. So if the un named business plan is 2k for 2tb and 10 users as a business owner it may be okay. But I was not able to find out what a large business plan costs. Hence my question "so how much is wuala?" Is a 5 to 10 user 2tb plan cost prohibitive?

    Don't know. I do know that a 5 user 100gb plan is 429 and that is okay. but 100gb of info out of 16tb is not much.

    I would think more info on a large size plan would be a factor for a user. As a small business user I want to know the yearly cost for gear up front. As i see it 550 for the unit 5x 4tb hdds at 425 is 2125.

    Total 2675. Setup as raid5 running an eaton 5125 ups as a back up . A 5125 runs 400 extra battery pack is 300 2 battery packs 600. so 1k for a good ups setup. I am at 3675. Plus the computer Lets say 2500 for a good but not great server.

    So 6k Gives me the gear to run the business. Not too expensive for a money making business. If I need 2tb or 3tb out of the possible 16tb to be on the cloud will it be too costly.

    I WAS not able to determine cost for more then 1tb as a single user or 100gb as a multiple user. So if I was going to spend for this I would have like to know my cloud cost for 2tb 3tb of cloud.
  • Death666Angel - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    You can reply to certain comments by hitting "reply" under the user name/user logo. And you haven't added anything to your original post which ganesh replied to and you still seem to be confused as to the purpose of the Wuala service it seems to me.
  • bodacious - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    My late 2010 LaCie 1 TB Hitachi drive worked a treat until just before X-mas 2012, when it tipped over onto my desk and wrecked the hard drive. Built like a tank, fragile as glass. I won't buy another LaCie product.
  • Subyman - Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - link

    LaCie makes HDDs with bumpers for clumsy people too.
  • tygrus - Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - link

    Any pictures of any physical damage ?
    Have you tried the internal drive with another external case/dock or PC ?
    Was there damge to just the HD or just the LaCie electronics or both ?
    If just the HD and no backups, then did you ask a data recovery company to access recoverability ?
  • Subyman - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    Wuala has me interested in this device. Can I assign certain folders within the NAS to be synced with Wuala or does this have to be done through a workstation? It would be great to have a mission critical share automatically backed up to Wuala through the NAS without any further bother.
  • julieno - Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - link

    Hello, you can do that through the workstation. Though we're working on the headless system.
  • Crazymayhem - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    Hi, anybody know what if the internal motherboard in the 5Big NAS / Office is a mini-ITX format? The 4Big Rack Office and the older ethernet disk rackmount versions used/use a IT format motherboard.

    Unfortunately there are no halfway stylish HTPC-esque looking 1U 19" cases out there for 4 3.5" drives with a max depth of about 19"......

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