We recently reviewed the insanely awesome G-SPEED Studio 4-bay platform, and if you think that thing was cool, you'll love what they announced late last week at IBC: the G-SPEED 8-Bay Thunderbolt enterprise-class hard drive platform. If you, like me, are a video or timelapse shooter, this should appeal to you greatly. We can never have enough storage.
Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID® Studioand four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions, the G-SPEED Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives, offering colossal capacity and performance of up to 1,350 megabytes per second (MB/sec) performance for the most demanding digital content creation applications.
Featuring the sleek design and reliability of G-Technology’s Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution comes in a black enclosure with integrated cooling technology, which has worked stellar on their 4-bay drives. It also supports 4k workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and stated transfer rates of up to 1,350MB/sec in RAID 0 (please, don't RAID 0). Like other products in the Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL can be daisy-chained via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to boost storage speeds and effortlessly support demanding multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K workflows.
The G-SPEED Studio XL will be available in November. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing is 24TB for $3,599.95, 32TB for $4,599.95, 40TB for $5,499.95, 48TB for $5,999.95 and a colossal 64TB for $6,999.95. Expensive, but many video shooters will probably see the value.