Promise Announces First Thunderbolt 2 RAID and SAN Products
Promise Technology was one of the first companies to offer Thunderbolt storage products after the interface’s introduction in 2011, and it’s decided to keep the trend going by being first out of the gate with Thunderbolt 2 products. The just-announced Pegasus2 and SANLink2 devices take full advantage of the 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth found on the new MacBook Pros and on the upcoming Mac Pro, slated for December.
An update to the existing Pegasus RAID line, the Pegasus2 will be offered in 4-, 6-, and 8-drive configurations supporting 8, 12, 18, 24, or 32TB of storage. With fast hard drives and the wide bandwidth offered by Thunderbolt 2, Promise claims that the Pegasus2 can support the simultaneous streaming, editing, and backup of 3D and 4K video. Reviews of the first generation Pegasus products showed that certain configurations were already hitting the bandwidth limitations of Thunderbolt 1, so the move to Thunderbolt 2 should provide even more performance for demanding professionals.
Like Pegasus2, the SANLink2 is an update to an existing Promise product. The new model leverages Thunderbolt 2 to offer dual 8Gbps Fibre Channel ports, enabling users to access high performance Storage Area Networks. Both product lines feature dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, allowing for device passthrough in a daisy chain.
Prices and availability have yet to be announced, but don’t expect these products to be cheap. Aimed clearly at the professional market, the first generation Pegasus started at $1100 for a 4TB configuration and maxed out at $3600 for a 24TB model. Likewise, the first-gen SANLink was priced at $800. With Thunderbolt 2 thus far only available on Apple’s higher-end Macs, however, interested professionals will likely have no problem justifying the expense in order to get their hands on the fastest storage around.