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Promise Technology 24TB (6 x 4TB) Pegasus R6 6-Bay Storage Array

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Product Highlights
  • 24TB Storage Capacity
  • 6 x 4TB Included Hard Drives
  • 2 x Thunderbolt Ports
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 Configurations

The 24TB (6 x 4TB) Pegasus R6 6-Bay Storage Array from Promise Technology is a six bay storage array compatible with 3.5" hard drives. Each included 3.5" drive features a 7200rpm spindle speed and connects to the enclosure via an integrated SATA connection. The Pegasus Storage Array comes equipped with dual Thunderbolt ports allowing for daisy chaining to other Thunderbolt compatible devices along with data transfer speeds up to 800 MB/s. Once installed, the drives can be configured in a variety of RAID formats including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 providing the ability to arrange the drives for either speed or redundancy.

Enhanced Performance
The Pegasus R6 provides a high performance hardware RAID solution unleashing the performance advantage of Thunderbolt technology. With over 800 MB/s throughput and 24TB storage capacity, the R6 is ideal for professional NLE digital media workstations, small server high demand direct attached storage (DAS), power users, or anyone who wants quiet, high-capacity external storage with fast performance and enterprise class RAID performance and data protection.
Thunderbolt Technology
Thunderbolt connectivity delivers two channels of 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s) per port of enhanced performance. PCI Express (PCIe) expansion bus protocol is integrated with the DisplayPort protocol in a single cable for simultaneous data transmission and video output with no performance degradation. The huge bandwidth allows digital media professionals to edit HD video stored on the Pegasus with NLE software, improve workflow efficiency, and save time and money.
More Than Just Fast Performance
RAID 0 or striped RAID is used for multiple drive systems configured for speed, but this performance advantage is pointless if there is no way to deliver that performance at bus speed. Thunderbolt uses the widely used expansion bus standard PCI Express, to achieve I/O transfers of more than 800MB/s. This enhanced data connection capability of the RS delivers data throughput previously available exclusively to large enterprise storage. The result is that videographers can ingest, edit, and playback multiple streams of uncompressed HD (8-bit and 10-bit) video and graphic artists can manipulate and archive high resolution graphics on a system that can be easily carried to a shoot location.
Impressive Capacity for Massive Projects
The Pegasus R6 enables the amateur or professional, audio engineer, photographer, and post production engineer, a convenient, worry-free way to safely store massive projects, so you can devote more time to creativity. With up to 24TB of storage you benefit from an enormous amount of storage for even the biggest projects. If more data is needed you can daisy chain Pegasus enclosures for a nearly infinite amount of storage.
Enterprise Level RAID Protection
The Pegasus R6 features two Thunderbolt 10Gb/s bi-directional channels, and PROMISE enterprise-level RAID protection. Pegasus provides fast, safe and reliable external storage to protect your expanding library of music, photos, videos and other valuable data. Configure your Pegasus R6 to the RAID level that suits your needs; RAID 0 for extreme performance, or RAID 6 for data redundancy and performance (full data protection even if two disks fail), or anything in between.
Form Factor 6-Bay Hardware RAID Enclosure
Number of Hard Drives/SSD 6 x 3.5" SATA HDD @ 7200rpm
Raid Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
Thunderbolt Ports 2
Capacity 6 x 4TB
Power Requirements 110 - 220 VAC
Dimensions (HxWxL) 9.8 x 7.7 x 7.3" / 25 x 19.5 x 18.5 cm
Weight 13 lb / 5.9 kg
Promise Technology 24TB (6 x 4TB) Pegasus R6 6-Bay Storage Array
  • Limited 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty (Fan and Power Adapter 1-Year)
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    Promise Technology24TB (6 x 4TB) Pegasus R6 6-Bay Storage Array
     
    4.7

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          4.0

          Pretty, Powerful, a little intimidating

          By peatswift

          from Salt Lake City, UT

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Expanded
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Highly Compatible
          • Pretty
          • Quiet
          • Reliable
          • Secure

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Backup And Restore
          • Highly Secure Networks
          • High Volume
          • Home Networks

          Comments about Promise Technology 24TB (6 x 4TB) Pegasus R6 6-Bay Storage Array:

          It's great to be able to have more than ten TB of archives on the same drive, it's much easier to search through my disorganized filing "system", such as it is. The security of a RAID-5 setup is also great.

          It's very expensive, you could get the same amount of storage in a stack of drives at a big box store for maybe a quarter of the price, and use Mac's Disk Utility to make a RAID out of them. However, you could never get the read/write speeds, and your processor would be doing all of the stuff that makes a RAID work, where this has it's own brains. Not only that, having all of my drives in this one enclosure uses much less electricity, and it's quieter than any other single drive of any size that I own.

          There are very few manufacturers that make a Thunderbolt-interface RAID, so there's little competition. I expect that allows Promise Technology to set the price pretty much wherever they want, but it's not all that much more expensive than most USB 3.0 products of the same size. Since my iMac (model 12,2 or 27 inch mid 2011) only has USB 2.0, I'm sort of forced into a Thunderbolt product if I want any kind of reasonable read/write speed.

          Regarding running the thing; it comes with "Promise Utility", an app that's either supposed to run it more easilyor give you more power-user tweaking options, I can't tell which. the software doesn't come with any instructions, and even whe I finally got some from the manufacturer, I couldn't make heads or tails of it. (I'm usually pretty savvy with computers in general and reading manuals in particular.) I wish I just had never known about it, since without the so-called "utility" you can treat it like any other external drive.

          Another negative: it doesn't come with a Thunderbolt cable. What? Thunderbolt is the /only/ way to connect it. Literally every purchaser will need one. At close to three grand, it seems stingy not to include one. When you do buy a cable, learn from my mistake: get a cable that's at least a meter long. I got a short one, 1.6 feet, and it can barely reach from my computer to this drive. It ended up looking more jimmy-rigged than tidy, and I'm nervous that one end or the other will pull out whenever I move anything on my desk.

          The very last note is that even though it says it comes "pre-configured", they just mean they've set it to RAID-5 settings. There's something it needs to do before you can use it at full speed. It's called "synchronizing".

          (and here I'm going to get more technical than most readers have any interest in... I gather it gather means that the controller goes through every bit on every drive and checks that the parity bits are as they should be... I'm not sure why that's necessary on new drives where every bit ought to be 0, and I don't get why matching parity bits in the free space should be important anyway.)

          Tune back in here, dear average reader, because this initial synchronising process takes at least ten hours! On my system it took nearly twenty! You only have to wait for it once, and it does it all by itself and in the background, but I had a sad when I pulled the big shiny toy out of the box and then was told I couldn't play with it until tomorrow.

          Overall, I would definitely reccomend this to anyone with a Mac. (Most especially those who like me have Thunderbolt but not USB 3.0, but Mac users in general.) Thunderbolt is about equal in speed to USB 3.0, but it makes a difference that this box can be first in line (it's got a second Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining) instead of at the mercy of a USB hub. Not only that, I think Thunderbolt can be used for networking, whih means that multiple computers in the same office can share files at high speed, and (I'm prolly confused here but..) it might be possible for two computers to be connected to this drive at the same time? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

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          5.0

          Easiest RAID set-up ever!

          By OMO

          from Portland, OR

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • High Volume
            • Small Offices

            Comments about Promise Technology 24TB (6 x 4TB) Pegasus R6 6-Bay Storage Array:

            Comes with RAID-5 pre-configured, so it's plug-and-play out of the box.
            Thunderbolt is VERY fast.

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            5.0

            Sensible Storage for Aperture Libraries

            By Chris Gibbs

            from North Carolina

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about Promise Technology 24TB (6 x 4TB) Pegasus R6 6-Bay Storage Array:

              For photographers with archives on Apple's Aperture, ones which contain stills, video AND audio recordings the 24TB Pegasus makes complete sense. My problem, until now, was having multiple archives on multiple drives, that was a pain! Now, with the 24TB Pegasus, all data is on this one unit, its seen across each application; Aperture, FCPX and Logic without any drive/archive swapping -- BRILLIANT! That's one less complication in the workflow. Side note; this thing is plug & play simple (I'm an Apple user:) it SIMPLY WORKS as advertised!

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