With 4K becoming more and more a standard format filmmakers and editors need large RAID drives with a fast interface. We’ve seen many Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 drives over the last months. Here’s an entirely new RAID solution by G-Technology.
As Mark from G-Tech describes these new G-Technology G-Speed Studio XL drives can hold up to 64TB on 8 drives. That’s 56TB in RAID 5 which is a backup + speed hardware RAID configuration that requires a single 8GB drive to backup your data (backup is split equally across all drives and can always run with 1 missing or faulty drive) and gives you 1GB / second of speed on Thunderbolt 2.
The G-Speed Studio XL looks really nice in terms of what it has to offer. There’s nothing comparable on the market that offers both this kind of storage capacity as well as the speed in a portable package. As you can imagine there’s a price for this kind of quality. The smallest version holds 24TB and costs $3599. The G-Speed Studio XL with 64TB costs $6999.
G-Technology has a new addition to their recent Studio storage line: the G-SPEED Studio XL. The 2 and 4-bay units started shipping last July, whilst the new G-SPEED Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM SATA III hard drives, offering up to 64TB storage.
Compared to the previous Studio models announced at NAB 2014, the transfer rate and performance speed in RAID 0 jumped up to 1350 MB/s compared to the 360 MB/s and 700 MB/s speeds of the G-RAID® Studio and G-SPEED Studio respectively.
Designed with the new MacPro in mind, the new addition to the G-Technology Studio family is configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 and like the others can be daisy-chained via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Here’s a quick overview of the key features:
Up to 1350MB/sec sustained transfer rates
Thunderbolt 2 technology
Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 & 60
Enterprise Class SATA III hard drives – up to 64! TB
Supports multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K workflows
3-Year limited warranty
In an industry where drive space always seems lacking and formats are growing larger (6K and some day beyond…) it’s good to know that G-Technology is working on substantial and affordable solutions.
The G-SPEED Studio XL will be available in November; retail pricing starts at $3,599.95 for 24TB and up to $6,999.95 for 64TB.
Here’s the download link for the white paper with details of the G-SPEED Studio XL.
Attendees of the International Broadcasting Convention can preview the G-SPEED Studio XL today at the G-Technology Booth #7.G15.