We interviewed Mark Anderson from G-Technology about their latest evolution-series products. The new Studio XL 8-Bay Raid now taking ev modules, a RED card reader and a Firewire adapter for EV-series harddrives.
The Thunderbolt 8-Bay G-Speed Studio XL consists of a 6-Bay Raid with up to 48TB capacity and two ev bays, which can either be used with existing EV-series hard drives or with their new RED Reader. The RED card reader also has a USB3 port so that it can be used on its own. Due to its form factor, it also fits into the existing G-Drive ev Dock. Using the RED card reader in the 8-Bay G-Speed Studio XL will allow a DIT to have one system from which he/she can make copies from the card directly to an ev series drive and onto the RAID. The G-Drive ev can then be sent off set for post production or editing.
G-Technology also introduced a new G-DOCK ev Solo with USB3 connections which is going to cost less than 100 Euros.
To serve people who still use Macs with Firewire 800 connectors in their workflows (like the old Mac Pro), G-Technology now offers a Firewire to ev series adapter that allows you to attach G-Drives ev directly to computers with Firewire 800.
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.