LaCie has introduced its 5big Network, a network attached storage (NAS) system for Macs and PCs. The system can accommodate up to 7.5 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity and will be available this month starting at £577.77 plus VAT, or US$899.

The 5big network is a five-bay RAID storage system that features a built-in Gigabit Ethernet connection. Each of the five Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk bays is lockable and removable, enabling you to 'hot swap' drives if necessary (such as in the event of a failure).

The 5big Network features built-in hardware-based RAID support and can support seven different RAID configurations, including RAID 5 and RAID 6. It has a USB 2.0 interface and three external SATA (eSATA) ports to accommodate additional drives.

A three-user license of Intego Backup Manager Pro is included for Mac users; it also supports Active Directory and Wake on LAN features.

The 5big Network comes in 2.5TB, 5TB and 7.5TB configurations for £577.77/$899.99, £1035.45/$1,399 and £1,488.51/$1,899, respectively. All UK prices exclude VAT.