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.
OWC, known to manufacture affordable Mac hardware, just announced that they managed to break the speed record for affordable external thunderbolt RAID storage.
[UPDATE]: We’ve received numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. The title of this article has been updated accordingly.
Especially filmmakers and editors have been waiting for affordable and fast thunderbolt based storage solutions, a few of which we’ve finally seen hitting the market last year.
Just a few months ago OWC introduced their ThunderBay line of 4-drive external RAID-ready storage solutions, recently refreshing it with Thunderbolt 2 connections.
It is available in configurations from 4TB up to 16TB and also offered as a diskless enclosure that goes for $429.
Mac Pro’s 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports boost speed
Several of the OWC drives can be chained together using a combination of the two Thunderbolt 2 ports it has. However the great speeds described can only be achieved using a Mac Pro that sports 6 separate thunderbolt connections. This is how OWC achieved speeds of nearly 4,000MB/s.
The benchmark testing showed 3,990MB/s read and 3,802MB/s write speeds, running an HDD array of 3x 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives. They achieved similar numbers running SSD drives.
[UPDATE]: numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. In different benchmark tests the maximum speed that could be achieved with the method described here would be 1902 MB/s.
The 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives used cost $939 each, making this the most affordable ultra-fast storage solution available.
The Mac Pro has a total of six Thunderbolt 2 ports connecting to three separate Thunderbolt 2 busses, with two ports to each bus. We connected one ThunderBay 4 to one of the two ports available for each bus to get the maximum performance. Those three ThunderBay 4 enclosures were made into a single RAID-0 array using the built-in software RAID-0 in OS X. We then fired up the benchmarking tools and watched in awe at the performance the ThunderBay 4 enclosures achieved.
This combination of performance and storage comes at a fraction of the price of rack-based storage.
The ThunderBay 4 enclosures generally got very good reviews. Other, less affordable, but proven solutions include the new G-technology external RAID drives and the Promise Pegasus RAID, both of which are now also compatible with Apple’s new Thunderbolt 2 standard.
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This is not a site for IT innovations, but these are news that are hugely relevant to video professionals working on the Mac platform, and that’s why I feel we need to share this with you:
At the WWDC 2013 Keynote (rewatch it here), Apple just announced a new Mac Pro to be released later this year.