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Promise喬鼎在Thunderbolt技術甫推出時,就展出過對應的磁碟陣列設備,隨著蘋果電腦新產品正式導入Thunderbolt,喬鼎甚至搶在如LaCie等國際品牌之前備好三款Thunderbolt介面的儲存設備解決方案,包括兩款外接式磁碟陣列,以及一款Thunderbolt光纖轉換器,滿足Mac的影音剪輯用戶對於外接設備頻寬需求。在外觀也採用銀黑相間的設計,讓磁碟陣列與Mac的風格較為一致。

喬鼎的Thunderbolt外接磁碟陣列為Pegasus系列,目前展出R4與R6兩款,分別是4槽與6槽設計,可以提供0、1、5、6與10這幾種RAID,最高傳輸速度分別大於800MB/s以及500MB/s,現場以影片展示傳輸,R6可達到850MB/s以上的傳輸速度。是針對採用Mac的中小型影像工作室的新產品線。此外,R4與R6最多可同時串接達6組,最多可安裝36顆硬碟,單顆硬碟容量支援2TB;亦可把筆電連上磁碟陣列後,利用另一個Thunderbolt輸出影像連接顯示器。

而喬鼎原本就有針對大型儲存需求的磁碟陣列設備,不過採用的是光纖介面,而喬鼎也針對大型影像工作站像是電影公司、電視台推出SANLink的Thunderbolt光纖轉換器,不需要在Mac電腦安裝軟體,就可讓光纖介面的儲存陣列設備連接到搭載Thunderbolt介面的新版Mac電腦上。

跳轉放上一張在場數據傳輸速度驗證的圖片。

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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.