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G-Technology Announces G-SPEED SAS Expansion Solution

G-Technology by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced its new G-SPEED eS PRO XL, a rack-mount, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expansion solution, with mini-SAS connectivity, providing high-performance, low-cost RAID for professional content creation applications. The new G-Technology G-SPEED eS PRO XL comes in a 2U 12-drive, or 3U 16-drive rack-mount enclosure, with hot swappable SATA 3Gb/s hard drives for high-performance, high-capacity, expandable direct-attached storage for small film studios and production houses.

The G-SPEED eS PRO XL in a 3U RAID 5 delivers sustained read/write speeds of more than 650MB/sec, making it well-suited for real-time video editing and digital intermediate film applications. A simple-to-use, web-based control panel allows users to easily manage, configure and monitor the system.

The G-SPEED eS PRO XL ships with a two-port mini-SAS RAID controller card and a locking, two-meter mini-SAS cable, allowing users to easily and affordably scale from an entry-level 12 TB 2U solution up to an incredible 192 TB. The PCIe x8 RAID controller supports JBOD and RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5 and 6. Up to eight G-SPEED eS PRO XL units can be connected to one RAID controller card, allowing an enormous amount of data-intensive video, graphic material and audio files to be centrally stored and managed.

Mac OS X and Windows compatible, the G-Technology G-SPEED eS PRO XL will ship in May 2009. It comes with a three-year standard warranty with pricing starting at $6,999 MSRP for 12 TB in a 2U rack-mount enclosure.

Also, as a tribute to loyal content creators and A/V professionals, G-Technology is giving away 42, commemorative, limited-edition, G-Technology G-DRIVE mini external drives, skinned by Infectious, a company that creates consumer art products in collaboration with an online community of global artists. Just like G-Technology's family of external storage solutions, the rules are simple. Simply sign up to become a fan on the G-Technology page on Facebook and you're automatically entered into the drawing. Starting today through May 3, three fans per day will be randomly chosen to win a G-DRIVE mini. Each drive will be "skinned" with one of three exclusive designs by Paul Burgess, Dalek, or Shadow Chen, all renowned artists contributing to the Infectious community. Visit the G-Technology page on Facebook for more details.

The G-Technology G-DRIVE minis are ultra sleek, portable drives designed for the Mac market. With capacities up to 500 GB, the G-DRIVE mini features a FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interface, giving A/V professionals and multimedia enthusiasts fast, high-capacity portable storage. Compact and light weight around 10 oz the G-DRIVE mini easliy slips into a computer, camera or camcorder bag, holding more than 45 hours of high definition video, 200,000 5 Mpixel JPEG photos, or 125,000 MP3 files. Because the device is bus-powered, no bulky AC adaptor is required.

Source: Hitachi GST

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