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. OWC says: 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. image via macsalesRead more
LaCie has released a re-vamp to its popular Rugged line. The portable hard drives now provide up to 2TB of storage, with a convenient permanent Thunderbolt cable. The LaCie Rugged hard drive has been quite popular with filmmakers, offering storage for in-the-field media backup. There’s been a few flavours of the line over the years; a fairly un-changed cosmetic design with variants of capacity and peripherals. Now, they’ve redesigned the Rugged with a new in-built Thunderbolt cable, which wraps around the edge of the hard drive and tucks into a supplied cover. Just like the previous, the new Rugged also includes a USB 3.0 port for further connectivity (which is naturally down compatible with USB 2.0). The Rugged is available with both an SSD and spinning disk drive, the former up to 500GB and the latter in 1TB and newly released 2TB form. The drives boast Thunderbolt speeds of up to 387 MB/s. Speaking from experience, this is only available on the SSD version; the spinning disk caps the speed of the product. Therefore the speed of Thunderbolt transfers on the 1TB and 2TB versions are of no real difference to that of USB 3.0. LaCie on the durability of the Rugged: “It’s MIL-compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet). During transit, connect the removable cover to provide IP 54-level protection against dust and water. Whether the LaCie Rugged takes a jarring bicycle ride or gets splashed by a mud puddle, you stay confident that your data is still accessible. The SSD version goes a step further for the ultimate in resilience against vibration and shock. Both versions are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners. Included software even protects your files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.” Speaking of reliability, it’s worth reading reports by online backup vendor Blackblaze on the failure rate of industry drives. for reference, LaCie utilize Seagate drives, which actually came in last place in the Blazblaze report. All Ruggeds ship with a replacement end cap (in case the original gets lost) and USB 3.0 cable. Both spinning disk models are available now from B&H, I’ll update this article upon release of the SSD version. 1TB LaCie Rugged from B&H. 2TB LaCie Rugged from B&H.Read more
Available in 2 TB and 4 TB and consisting of two 2.5-inch hard drives housed in a sleek aluminium enclosure, My Passport Pro is thoroughly shock-tested for extra durability to perform reliably when working on the go. When it comes to speed, WD claims that this drive delivers both with transfer rates as high as 233 MB/s. The drive is shipped in RAID 0 for maximum speed and capacity but can be configured for RAID 1 mirror mode for double safe data protection. In this mode, the capacity is divided in half so that one half stores your data and the other half maintains a duplicate copy. Powered directly through the Thunderbolt port on the MacBook, My Passport Pro frees up space in the field kit by eliminating the need for an AC adapter and with the integrated cable that is tethered to the drive, you’ll never lose your Thunderbolt cable on location. Watch the bellow video made by Australian videographer Blunty for more informationRead more
Apple has made some fairly bold moves over the last 18 months with their professional Mac lines. The Macbook Pro Retina saw omission of both FireWire 800 and Ethernet peripherals, and removal of an optical disc drive. The new Mac Pro took it a step further and abandoned PCI expansion, seemingly handing its entire modular ability into the hands of Thunderbolt. With what’s seemed a very slow adaption to the protocol by most, Sonnet is starting to churn out some very interesting thunderbolt products, regaining compatibility to Apples flagship lines.Read more
Blackmagic Design announced a new capture device that uses the Apple Thunderbolt Interface. At 209€ ($300) this external capture card for Macs is a very affordable and strong editing and capturing solution. Blackmagic is proud to bring the first product of its kind that uses the Thunderbolt interface to the market. As everything else, it’s not compatible with Final Cut Pro X (or is it the other way around?). It captures 10bit Full HD uncompressed, the ProRes formats or DPX (you’d use the latter to go into Avid, there’s no direct DNxHD for Avid users). If you own a Thunderbolt laptop like a Macbook Pro you can capture 10bit directly from the hdmi feed of a camera for very little money. The Blackmagic Intensity Extreme will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 and cost 209€ ($300). Now all we need is a camera that we can use this device with. If you need HD-SDI connection you should check out the UltraStudio 3D. As a side effect it will also make you 3D ready. This one will be available shortly and will set you back by $945 (670€). Get it here. You can now find more info on these devices on the Blackmagic Website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
via Macrumors: Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Apple is apparently set to launch its new Final Cut Pro X offerings next week, to be accompanied by the release of a number of new Thunderbolt-equipped accessories from third-party vendors. As usual Apple remains silent about it’s product updates until they’re here, but according to the rumors we’ll finally see Final Cut Pro X next week alongside some new peripherals that make use of the new Thunderbolt highspeed ports. Is it the LaCie Little Big Disk that we were told would come out in spring? At NAB 2011 in April Apple announced that Final Cut Pro X would be released in the Apple App Store by June and cost $299. Here’s a grab of the 30 minute presentation from NAB 2011:Read more
We only send updates about our most relevant articles. No spam, guaranteed! And if you don't like our newsletter, you can unsubscribe with a single click. Read our full opt-out policy here.