Are you drowning in portable flash drives crammed with your precious pics and clips? OWC are hoping it’s getting so bad that it’s time to invest in some serious storage. Unveiled at CES 2020, the company has released two new additions to its ThunderBay line: the ThunderBay 8 and the ThunderBay FLEX 8. Aimed at photographers, videographers and other pros who have more than their fair share of data, the storage solutions are based around—no surprises here—Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. OWC claims “up to 2586MB/s of real-world tested speed via with Thunderbolt 3 port.”
Designed to be placed on a desktop, the ThunderBay 8 offers eight hot-swappable universal drive bays supporting 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDDs and SSDs for a total capacity of 112TB. If that's still not enought for you, there’s the option of hooking up six units—that’s 672TB of storage. The floor-standing ThunderBay FLEX 8, on the other hand, offers eight bays supporting drives with SAS, SATA or U.2 NVMe interfaces, for a total capacity of 128TB, with USB-C and USB-A connectivity in addition to Thunderbolt 3. The unit also features a PCIe x16 slot, and there are CFExpress and SD 4.0 card readers on the front panel.
Both ThunderBay 8 and FLEX 8 feature an integrated DisplayPort and SoftRAID software, and both are priced at $1,230—minus any drives, of course. Availability is in the first quarter of 2020.
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