Until solid-state drives become as cheap as chips and everyone can buy them en masse, most of us will have to stick to moving part hard drives, as they just offer better value for big storage. And if you need big storage, well, G-Tech thinks it can help out.
One of the few companies developing storage solutions for the creative folk out there — and creative folk that generally thrash their equipment and store buckets of files faster than most of us can — G-Technology has chimed with some solutions of its own for the professional with a ton of files and not enough places to put them.
Built for Thunderbolt, it has unveiled the “Studio XL” a massive eight-bay storage device able to take in an immense amount of storage over six enterprise-class hard drives, while connecting up G-Tech’s portable drives compatible with the previous ev Series, which were small 2.5 inch portable hard drives with a specialised design that could be plugged in and out of a hard drive reading system.
The box isn’t super cheap, with no Australian pricing at this time, and a minimum of $2800 USD for 18TB of storage, hitting all the way up to $5000 for 48TB, though this sort of storage doesn’t usually come cheap, and with the two G-Tech specialised drive bays as well as extra Thunderbolt 2 ports could make for something super handy for creatives with too many files and no real back-up or storage plan, which they desperately need and should have.
G-Tech tells us the drive is configurable in five variations of RAID, handy if you really know your storage and want to make sure the data is cloned, while the speed of the system has been designed to handle 4K workflows and very large amounts of data being moved.
We’ll let you know about Australian pricing when the company starts talking, but for now, start saving those coins. You’re going to need them.