As the world barrels down the road towards 4K video adoption, the realization for many within the content creation space (photography, video, etc.) will soon be “Oh, crap, I’m going to need better and faster storage.” At least that’s what the folks at G-Technology are figuring, as they recently announced a new RAID-based storage system, the G Speed Studio XL with Thunderbolt. Shipping is expected in November, the company said.
The Studio line of drives was announced earlier this year, featuring a 2-bay (G Raid Studio) and 4-bay (G Speed Studio) system. The XL version doubles the size again, with an 8-bay drive and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for super-fast file transfers and extra capacity. Five different models will be offered, ranging from a 24TB system ($3,600) up to a whopping 64TB system (eight bays containing 8TB drives each) for $7,000.
The G Speed Studio XL unit includes an enterprise RAID Controller with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 (with RAID 5 shipping as the default setting), and featuring Enterprise-class 7,200 RPM units, G-Technology says. The Thunderbolt 2 interface supports speeds up to about 1,375 MB/sec, which should provide enough speed for people working with 4K videos and displays. The device also lets you daisy chain up to six other Thunderbolt devices, including computers, workstations or displays (or just throw some more storage onto your system).
So if you work for one of those companies who doesn’t mind spending a whole boatload of money upgrading your video gear, monitors/displays/TVs and workstations to support 4K video and the Thunderbolt 2 interface, your storage needs will likely be met by one of these new drives.