LaCie Seeks to Simplify Family Storage and Sharing With the CloudBox

Storage specialist LaCie today launched the CloudBox – a headless network attached storage device designed to make storing and sharing data easy for all the family, in home and out.

Available in configurations of 1-3TB, the single bay, headless device plugs straight into the router and pops up on networked PCs and Macs as an available storage drive, with no connector or client software to install. “One plug, one click” according to LaCie.

Available features include the usual mix of storage, sharing and protection goodies – PC and Mac backup, media streaming to networked devices, including uPnP and iTunes servers, private folder security for sensitive data such as the family finances, remote folder sharing with friends and family via remote links and cloud storage as well as mobile access hosted by LaCie’s MyNAS app for Android and iOS.

At $119.99 for the 1TB device through to just $179.99 for the 3TB model, CloudBox looks like a big push from LaCie to make network attached storage accessible for the masses (not that anyone’s calling this a “NAS”) – great features at a low, low price. We’ll keep an eye on this one with interest. Hands On review to follow!

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1 comment

  1. Terry,

    This may be the one for me and many WHS members who have switched to Macs.
    I have an Acer H340 WHS 2011 and have switched to Macs throughout the house. Now I have 4 TB of storage and no Time Machine capabilities other than external HDD’s. Looked at a Time Capsule but $400 is ridiculous for 3TB and it was not a media streamer. I am using my WHS to stream my iTunes library via my Apple TVs. My other option was Mac Mini w/ Mountain Lion Server edition and then add a NAS or external drives for more storage but that becomes expensive really fast. This looks like the exact item I am looking for but do not want to buy without a review. It may be exactly what many families need in their house and at $180 for 3TB, it is much more reasonable. Any first impressions so far?


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