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Thunderbolt 2 is a big deal. In fact, so was Thunderbolt 1. Developed by Intel®, Thunderbolt 1 provides two separate 10Gb/s channels, running in opposite directions. Thunderbolt 2 can combine the two separate 10Gb/s channels into a single 20Gb/s channel, but flowing in only one direction. It’s like opening both sides of a bridge to traffic in the same direction during rush hour. So, Thunderbolt 2 can be up to twice as fast as Thunderbolt 1, depending on where data needs to flow.
Thunderbolt uses the same connector as the Mini DisplayPort. And a single Thunderbolt port can support up to six devices daisy-chained together. So not only does Thunderbolt carry lots of data, it also makes connecting peripherals much easier, especially storage and graphics hardware. Thunderbolt is an ideal solution for video editing.
LaCie 2big Rack Thunderbolt 2
LaCie was one of the first manufacturers to offer Thunderbolt connectivity in its storage devices, and it has just announced Thunderbolt 2 versions of the 5big and 2big. There’s also a new 8big Rack, a 1U Thunderbolt 2 rackmount unit that holds eight hard drives; it’s LaCie’s first rackmount offering. These new Thunderbolt 2 storage units are also compatible with Seagate’s new 6TB 7200 rpm hard drives, allowing for greater capacity than ever before.
LaCie 5big Rack Thunderbolt 2
The LaCie 5big with Thunderbolt 2 offers hardware RAID and is up to twice as fast as the previous model with throughput up to 1050MB/s. It also offers a 20-percent-greater storage capacity increase over the 2013 5big when loaded with the new 6TB hard drives. The new LaCie 2big with Thunderbolt 2 offers hardware RAID with throughput up to 420MB/s; it also includes USB 3.0 connectivity for compatibility with nearly any computer out there. The LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 can house up to eight of the 6TB 7200 rpm hard drives, for an impressive 48TB in a 1U form factor with throughput up to 1330MB/s.
LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2
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