I know plen­ty of peo­ple who choose LaC­ie dri­ves for their stor­age needs so it is worth pass­ing along the link on their Biggest S2S 5-Disk RAID tow­er with SATA-II and PCI card. Fea­tures look fair­ly good, style is decent, and pric­ing seems attrac­tive.
Well, let’s take a look at the costs for a min­ute. With 2.5TB for $1790 and 5TB for $4000, they are seem­ing­ly com­pet­i­tive to oth­ers on the low-end and a bit pricier on the high-end. Of course, depends on whether or not you are going for “name brand” labels. You can find a very sim­i­lar box and PCI card and add 5TB for less than $3000. With Sea­gate 500 GB SATA dri­ves going for around $150, does this LaC­ie box and PCI card real­ly cost $1000? Or $2200 if you use Hitachi 1TB dri­ves (around $360 each)?! The online man­u­al also claims that the S2S RAID will only work with the LaC­ie PCI card and that “in case of dri­ve fail­ure, do not try to replace the dri­ve your­self, your war­ran­ty will become void.”
I think this is what they call “lock-in.” As in, “locked in the trunk and tak­en for a ride.” But I will retain just a bit of judge­ment as I haven’t actu­al­ly used it yet. Per­haps it has some ben­e­fits I’m not see­ing just yet… and most oth­er “name brand” man­u­fac­tur­ers seem to be prac­tic­ing the same poli­cies. Have you tried to buy a bare-bones box from them late­ly? They seem to have all dis­ap­peared from their online stores…