LaCie has announced the Network Space, design by Neil Poulton. This newly available networked attached storage (NAS) and media server was designed specifically for easy small office (and home) use and is available in capacities of 500GB to 1TB. LaCie Network Space is designed to be usable right from the box, with the company saying that users can just plug the Network Space into the router through the rear Ethernet port and instantly the Network Space is available to share files through the local area network.

The LaCie Network Space comes pre-built with two separate shares. One share is public for easy open access from any networked computer, while the other is password-protected for secure private use. LaCie Network Agent software is included to make access to the shares quicker and easier.

LaCie Network Space has the ability to stream multimedia files through DLNA-compatible UPnP media players, such as Xbox 360 and or Sony Playstation 3, or act as an iTunes music server. The device is also FTP accessible, enabling remote access to upload or download files from abroad through a static IP address.

The Network Space is a full-featured server utilising Gigabit Ethernet for localised data transfers from any networked PC or Mac. With an additional USB 2.0 port located on the front of the unit, users can connect any USB drive or camera to copy additional files or photos automatically without needing the local computer turned on.

Approximately, 100GB of capacity can hold 100,000 photos, 40,000 songs, or 100 movies.

The LaCie Network Space will ship in early September and costs around £85 plus VAT for the 500GB version.