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Promise Pegasus series RAID enclosures  (Source: Promise)
First hardware RAID enclosures for Thunderbolt

When Apple adopts a new bus interface, you can bet that there will be companies waiting in a line to support the standard with new peripherals for users. The new MacBook Pros debuted yesterday and along with the new machines came a new I/O interface called Thunderbolt.

Promise has announced that it has the first new hardware RAID solution for the Thunderbolt interface with its new line of gear in the Pegasus series. The Promise line was designed to provide users with raw speed and is optimized for media and entertainment users. The Pegasus gear will come in 4-bay and 6-bay enclosures and will support up to 12TB of storage.

“Intel is excited about the superior performance and simplicity Thunderbolt technology and PROMISE’s Pegasus family of products will bring to consumers and media professionals trying to keep up with the explosion of digital media,” said Jason Ziller, Director, Thunderbolt Planning and Marketing, Intel Corporation.

The Thunderbolt interface supports speeds of 800MB/s sustained, which is 12x faster than FireWire 800 and 20x faster than USB 2.0 ports. The RAID solutions are aimed at professionals that need to store and edit video and play multiple streams of uncompressed 8 and 10-bit HD video on the new MacBook Pro notebooks. The storage solutions are compatible with Time Machine as well.

“PROMISE is thrilled to deliver one of the first peripherals to feature the blazing speed of Thunderbolt technology,” said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. “Pegasus brings groundbreaking RAID performance to creative professionals in the studio, on location and in the home. Pegasus is the ultimate complement to PROMISE’s extensive storage offerings ranging from the Apple qualified VTrak subsystems to DS4600 – Direct Attached Storage for home, SOHO and AV professionals.”

Multiple Pegasus enclosures can be connected to one another to extend storage capacity up to 72TB or a display can be connected to the storage device as well. RAID modes supported include RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60. Each Pegasus device has two Thunderbolt ports onboard. Pricing is unannounced at this time, but the solutions will land in Q2.

LaCie unveiled a smaller storage solution yesterday with a Little Big Disk version with Thunderbolt support.



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You had to do it, didn't you?
By bug77 on 2/25/2011 9:42:27 AM , Rating: 5
You had to put Apple in the first sentence about Promise implementing technology from Intel.

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RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By KayDat on 2/25/2011 9:51:38 AM , Rating: 2
It's quite true though, before yesterday Thunderbolt was still only known as Light Peak, and no consumer products had been announced yet.


RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By AnnihilatorX on 2/25/2011 10:03:50 AM , Rating: 1
I am suprised this article doesn't clarify thunderbolt is light peak, does the author not know or what, as it's pretty wrong to omit it and light peak is more well known.


By MeesterNid on 2/25/2011 10:13:22 AM , Rating: 2
Sheesh...the announcement on the Promise site doesn't have any mention of Light Peak and instead used Thunderbolt since that's what it appears will be used in product marketing. I'm pretty sure he knows they are one and the same.


RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By ksherman on 2/25/2011 10:41:56 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, read up. INTEL changed the name from Light Peak to Thunderbolt.


RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By Kurz on 2/25/2011 11:04:31 AM , Rating: 2
Thunderbolt is the Copper verison.
The Optic verison may be called Light Peak.


RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By Belard on 2/25/2011 11:49:26 AM , Rating: 2
Er... no.

The optics version isn't out yet due to costs and durability. As of now, the copper version is just as fast if it were optical.

When Thunderbolt 2.0 comes out, THEN it will be optical required and is backwards compatible with the copper version.

Either way, I never heard of this until yesterday... I can't wait to get it for my Windows7 systems.


RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By michael67 on 2/26/2011 1:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
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Either way, I never heard of this until yesterday... I can't wait to get it for my Windows7 systems.

Na, thank you, i will skip this, and that is for some different reasons!

1. Its a Intel closed standard, so it will cost more then USB3.

2 USB3 is only half as slow with 5Gbit/s, and i don't see any use ware i need more speed then that.
(unless you going to fill up a external storage box with SSDs 0_o)

3 Its properly only going to be popular for Apple products, as buyers of Apple products have never mind to pay more for the same product as a PC user.
(True, there are some benefits of using Apple products, they look very nice, and there closed ecosystem has also benefits as making things work better together)

I think this tech will only be very popular under Apple users, and think most PC users will opt for the just as good USB3 versions for there use of this product.


By Azethoth on 3/1/2011 4:56:08 AM , Rating: 2
You are incorrect.

1) It is not a closed standard. The spec is open. Apple got on board precisely because all the adoption issues Firewire had in this respect are solved.

2) It replaces ALL the cables coming out of your PC. Video, usb etc.

3)You are right, a superfast connection (10Gbps now, optical should scale to 100+Gbps), is totally not attractive to PC users. PC users demand slow access to peripherals, always have, always will.


By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2011 12:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's pretty wrong? Thunderbolt is the name of the technology now. Presumably, Lightpeak is saved for the optical medium version. What makes it wrong that he referenced the actual name of the product? Because you're ultra-tech saavy and knew it as a different product name? But you already know its Thunderbolt, so why are you complaining? Your complaint is irrelevant because anyone who knew it as Lightpeak (most likely by reading yesterday's articles at that) most likely has figured out that Intel has released Thunderbolt in its stead for now. And anyone who doesn't probably deduced it not long after questioning it. Go back to sleep


RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By nafhan on 2/25/2011 10:16:48 AM , Rating: 2
I'd say Thunderbolt was known as Light Peak before yesterday because they announced it yesterday not because of some Apple magic.

Anyway, a shipping product is a big deal, but I wonder if the one year gap between Apple and everyone else getting it is due to Intel screwing everyone else over or everyone else not caring a whole lot?


By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2011 12:39:45 PM , Rating: 2
Intel has a sort of silent vendetta against Microsoft after Intel was outted as a major contributer to the baffled "Vista Ready" program. Since then, Intel has gone to Mac and Microsoft is now trying to push out an ARM compatible Windows. So, Intel doesn't really care who it screws over or who it lays in bed with for the time being, it just likes to exert its force, typically at the expense of consumers as a whole.


RE: You had to do it, didn't you?
By Argon18 on 2/25/2011 10:51:01 AM , Rating: 2
Why wouldn't the article mention Apple? If you're shopping for a Thunderbolt RAID enclosure, you are using an Apple Macbook Pro. No other laptops have this new technology yet.


By MeloManiac2 on 2/27/2011 1:53:55 PM , Rating: 3
Because, you know, some people are just allergic to the word "Apple". They see red everytime mentioned and they will not admit that Apple and their products have a big impact on the tech market and innocations today. So to not upset those mentally unstable individuals, we should rather avoid using the word, for the sake of their well being :)

As an Apple (and PC/Microsoft) user, I think it is great to see this hopefully new standard coming to life. I am however disappointed that they didn't put two or more ports in the new Macbook Pro's. I hope they will do that on the next gen, and the next Mac Pro's. It's not always ideal to daisychain. Who wants to plug their monitor into their storage unit or vice versa? Cabling wise and such I don't think it's the most elegant solution. So I hope the standard can run multiple ports on the same controller like USB and FW, because narrowing it down to one standard for displays, storage etc. would be a step in the right direction.


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