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Promise乔鼎在Thunderbolt技术甫推出时,就展出过对应的磁盘阵列设备,随着苹果计算机新产品正式导入Thunderbolt,乔鼎甚至抢在如LaCie等国际品牌之前备好三款Thunderbolt接口的储存设备解决方案,包括两款外接式磁盘阵列,以及一款Thunderbolt光纤转换器,满足Mac的影音剪辑用户对于外接设备带宽需求。在外观也采用银黑相间的设计,让磁盘阵列与Mac的风格较为一致。

乔鼎的Thunderbolt外接磁盘阵列为Pegasus系列,目前展出R4与R6两款,分别是4槽与6槽设计,可以提供0、1、5、6与10这几种RAID,最高传输速度分别大于800MB/s以及500MB/s,现场以影片展示传输,R6可达到850MB/s以上的传输速度。是针对采用Mac的中小型影像工作室的新产品线。此外,R4与R6最多可同时串接达6组,最多可安装36颗硬盘,单颗硬盘容量支持2TB;亦可把笔电连上磁盘阵列后,利用另一个Thunderbolt输出影像连接显示器。

而乔鼎原本就有针对大型储存需求的磁盘阵列设备,不过采用的是光纤接口,而乔鼎也针对大型影像工作站像是电影公司、电视台推出SANLink的Thunderbolt光纤转换器,不需要在Mac计算机安装软件,就可让光纤接口的储存数组设备连接到搭载Thunderbolt接口的新版Mac计算机上。

跳转放上一张在场数据传输速度验证的图片。

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Computex 2011: Promise Showcases Thunderbolt Interface RAID Storage Solutions

As Apple starts to introduce Thunderbolt connectivity to their new products, Promise, beating to the punch, put out three storage solutions with Thunderbolt, before others do. These solutions includes two external RAID, and one SANLink adapter for Thunderbolt devices, to fulfill the insatiable craving for bandwidth that Mac user demands for their video editing works.

There are two models of Promise's Thunderbolt external RAID on display in the showroom, Pegasus R4, a four-bay model and Pegasus R6, a six-bay model. Both support RAID 0, 1,5, 6 and 10 configurations, and maximum transfer rates are 800+MB/s and 500MB/s respectively. In video playback demonstrations, R6 demonstrates it can achieve a transfer rate higher than 850MB/s. Both R4 and R6 can be daisy-chained to expand its storage capacity, with a maximum up to 6 units, 36 hard drives with each drive up to 2TB. And in the daisy-chained configuration, it is also possible to connect a notebook to one Pegasus enclosure and use Thunderbolt port on the other enclosure to connect to a display.

Also on display is Promise's solution to attach existing fiber channel storages to Thunderbolt devices, the SANLink adapter for Thunderbolt. Storage area network(SAN), such as those found in post-production facilities such as movie studio and television broadcasters, usually employ fiber optics channel as interface. The SANLink adapter provides a seamless intermediary between fiber channel storage and Mac computer with Thunderbolt interface without even a software installation.

Continue after the break for a snapshot taken during a transfer speed test.