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.
MacBook Pros debuted yesterday and along with the new machines came a new I/O
interface called Thunderbolt.
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
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.
unveiled a smaller storage solution yesterday with a Little
Big Disk version with Thunderbolt support.