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PROMISE Introduces First Thunderbolt 2-Supporting Storage Solutions

PROMISE Technology today announced Pegasus2 and SANLink2, the first storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2, the technology from Intel that delivers speeds of 20 Gbps.

The Pegasus2 line of hardware RAID solutions provides fast transfer speeds that dramatically accelerates 4K workflows, offering RAID protection in a compact, and portable enclosure at maximum data transfer rates allowed through Thunderbolt 2. SANLink2, a Thunderbolt 2 to 8G Fibre Channel bridge, alleviates storage bottlenecks for desktop and portable computing systems by providing direct connectivity to an external Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) such as a VTrak x30 RAID storage system or a VTrak A-Class shared SAN filesystem.

Thunderbolt 2 technology, the fastest PC I/O connection, is running bi-directionally at 20 Gbps -- twice the 10 Gbps bandwidth of Thunderbolt.

Pegasus2, an external RAID storage solution, will be available in 4, 6 and 8-bay enclosures. With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 6 devices can be attached -- allowing for daisy chaining of Pegasus enclosure units, Apple Thunderbolt Displays, or Mini DisplayPort devices.

Pegasus2 delivers hardware RAID protection in a portable package that can be taken almost anywhere. PROMISE is offering the Pegasus2 R4 8 TB RAID, the Pegasus2 R6 12 TB RAID, the Pegasus2 R6 18 TB RAID, the Pegasus2 R8 24 TB RAID and the Pegasus2 R8 32 TB RAID systems.

SANLink2 is a portable device bridge which provides dual 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and dual 20 Gbps Thunderbolt 2 ports and can be used to connect Thunderbolt-enabled systems directly to a high-speed Fibre Channel SAN for scale out capabilities and real time raw video HD/4K footage ingest, editing, and collaboration. It offers dual 8 Gbps Fibre channel ports and dual 20 Gbps Thunderbolt 2 ports with DisplayPort and device daisy-chain support. The system supports OS X and OS X Server, Xsan and StorNext filesystems and all VTrak storage subsystems (4 & 8 Gbps Fibre Channel).

The Pegasus2 Series is available as a 4-bay, 6-bay or 8-bay RAID enclosure starting in November. Pegasus2 can be purchased from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) and through the PROMISE global network of distributors and resellers. SANLink2 will be available in December.

Specifications Pegasus2
Interface Thunderbolt 2 (two ports)
RAID Support Pegasus2 R8: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60
Pegasus2 R6: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50
Pegasus2 R4: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
Drive Support SATA, SAS, SSD
Expansion Daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt 2 peripherals
Operating System OS X (Supports Time Machine)
Storage Capacity Pegasus2 R4 : 4 x 2TB Model = 8TB (5.7TB formatted with HFS+)
Pegasus2 R6 : 6 x 2TB Model = 12TB (9.7TB formatted with HFS+)
Pegasus2 R6 : 6 x 3TB Model = 18TB (14.7TB formatted with HFS+)
Pegasus2 R8 : 8 x 3TB Model = 24TB (20.7TB formatted with HFS+)
Pegasus2 R8 : 8 x 4TB Model = 32TB (27.9TB formatted with HFS+)

Specifications SANLink2
Interface/Connectivity Thunderbolt 2 (two ports)
Fibre Channel - 8G (two ports)
Support OS X Server, Final Cut Pro X, Xsan solution
Expansion Daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt 2 peripherals
Operating System OS X (Supports Time Machine)
Dimensions 1.8 x 6.4 x 3.6" (4.5 x 16.2 x 9.14cm)
Weight 1.32lbs (598.7g)

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