Marvell's SheevaPlug wall-wart Linux PC has finally come of age, with the company announcing mainstream retail partners including Buffalo, D-Link, LaCie and Seagate, together with beginning distribution of the Plug Computer development kit in Europe. The original SheevaPlug has a Marvell Kirkwood processor with a 1.2GHz Sheeva processor, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage; resembling a wall-wart, it plugs directly into a power socket and offers a single USB 2.0 port and a gigabit ethernet port. Suggested uses included a home server, NAS or other form of network-connected device.
Can we have too many glossy, glowing boxes? LaCie don't seem to think so, hence their latest toppled-obelisk design, this time housing a hard-drive media player. The LaCie LaCinema Classic Bridge can be used with any existing 3.5-inch hard-drive, outputting upscaled 1080p video via HDMI, but it also has a USB port for external, removable drives.
LaCie have announced two new storage servers intended for small workgroups. The LaCie Big Disk Network and d2 Network can each support up to 50 users (15 simultaneously), with the Big Disk having dual RAID 0 drives for up to 4TBs capacity, while the d2 Network has 1.5TB of its own storage plus an eSATA port for adding external high-speed drives.
If any of you can actually use 32TB of RAID storage, I'll be amazed. Users can combine either two or four LaCie 4big Quadras, which feature four hot-swappable disks, seven RAID modes including RAID0 and RAID5, and storage up to 32TB at 700Mb/s transfer speeds.
LaCie is rolling out a new external hard drive called the LaCinema Classic, offering media lovers a simple way to consume their movies, music and photos - through their TV. All the user has to do is hook the device up to their computer via USB, copy files onto the Classic and then hook it up to their TV via composite or HDMI.
LaCie have announced a new version of their 1U 19-inch rack-mounted Ethernet Disk, which the company claims is compatible with Apple's Time Machine backup system. The new LaCie Ethernet Disk has 6TB of storage and supports Active Directories, for a total of 100 users with customizable access rights to different shares and up to 25 concurrent users.