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G-Technology Shows Off the Gargantuan 8-Bay 64TB G-Studio XL

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.

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Bavarian DNA's picture

This really insanely fast and yeah i think any pro photographers or videographer will see the value of this precious cubic unit. Though this is really targeting a certain level of people. If anyone can afford it, i dont see why not. Thanks for sharing this article.

Jeroen Rommelaars's picture

I like it, however how is this better than just buying a bigger tower-case, mounting your Mobo etc in there and suddenly have space for 10 extra HDDs/SSDs? A solution that may set you back maybe 200 bucks without HDDs, right? Besides the esthetics and the mobility of this unit, I'm wondering what the added value is here? Am I missing something? Sure, not all mobo's support that much HDDs and you may need extra expansion slots to get more Sata connections, and if you want to raid maybe a proper raid controller, but still...

Brett Martin's picture

Creating an all-in-one editing box that has a ton of power and storage is one way to go. If you have a Mac, especially one of the new Mac Pro's with only External storage options, then this is the way to go. The inclusion of the Thunderbolt 2 and the shape/size suggest that this is meant to sit beside the new Mac Pro and offer a ton of speedy external storage.

After using both internal and external RAID arrays for both Mac and PC, I find that an external network server to be the best compromise as the large noisy box is independent of what computer hardware or OS I might need to use or upgrade in the future. It is also available to more than one user at a time unlike these thunderbolt/USB3 solutions, though at the expense of the speed they provide.

Chris Blair's picture

Wow, thats a lot of fast storage.

Hermawan Tjioe's picture

I want this one, having 6 TB of stuff is hard enough to manage and catalogue