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Thunderbolt and storage roundup from IBC 2013

IBC Thunderbolt roundup

So what was the big news about storage at IBC 2013? Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2. We did the tour of the storage and peripheral booths on the basis that most of us won't be buying a Petabyte SAN!

When Apple launched new Macs with Thunderbolt, The Promise Pegasus R6 and R4 were one of the first storage units to feature the new interface. Now Thunderbolt 2 is almost upon us with the release of the new Mac Pro, Promise have announced the new Pegasus2 R6 with Thunderbolt 2.

 Promise RAID Thubnderbolt2

The new unit looks exactly like the previous model, except that little blue two on the logo.

Promise RAID Thunderbolt2 2

Same daisy chain connectors only on the back, but this time they are Thunderbolt 2. 

Now the bad news. The new model wasn't even plugged in and they wouldn't give out any stats on performance or an indication of price. Availability will be before the end of the year.

We can see the combination of a new Mac Pro, a new Thunderbolt 2 Promise Pegasus RAID and the new AJA Thunderbolt 2 IO 4k being a killer 4K edit kit for the new version of Final Cut Pro X when it is released. 

Promise also announced the again unreleased SANLink2. It's a Thunderbolt 2 adaptor to connect a Thunderbolt Mac, Windows machine or peripheral to a Fibre Channel SAN.

 Sonnet Thunderbolt2

Sonnet were exhibiting the Express III Three-Slot Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis, which will ship on September the 23rd. The box supports up to three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. Although this unit has Thunderbolt 1, buyers will be issued with a coupon for free upgrade to Thunderbolt 2 when it is available. Customers just pay the shipping and handling costs. There is a two card option, the Echo Express SEII also available which also offers the Thunderbolt 2 upgrade.

The new rack mount version is interesting as it is being marketed with the phrase "Migrate your Mac Pro' Because the 19 inch model also accepts hard disks, you can remove those and any PCIe cards from your old Mac Pro, put them in the enclose and connect up via Thunderbolt 2. Red Rocket users take note.

mlogic IBC 1

A new entry to the Thunderbolt peripheral market, mLogic were showing their products lined up at IBC 2013. The large white box on the left is mTape, a Thunderbolt equipped LTO-6 tape backup and archive solution. 

mlogic IBC 2

The unit, priced at $3,499 and available in December will work with most Mac & Windows LTO software. Although it is a tape and not a random access disk, it does allow you to drag and drop files onto the tape.

mlogic IBC 3

There are two Thunderbolt 1 connectors on the back as well as a SAS passthrough for the connection of extra disk backup.Traditionally a PCIe card had to be installed to interface to an LTO drive, but this new very portable model will backup any computer with a Thunderbolt connector.

mLogic were also displaying their range of Thunderbolt equipped enclosures for PCIe cards. New at the show was mLink RX, specifically designed for RED ROCKET-X. Priced at $799 it will be available in October

Gtech IBC 1

No new products from G-Technology, however they were putting a lot of emphasis on their new G-Drive Pro which will be released in November. They say it contains 'secret sauce' that allows SSD speeds for HDD prices. Could there be some flash memory in there like the Fusion Drive?  Expect the Thunderbolt connected device to offer write speeds of 425 MB/s and read speeds of 480 MB/s. 

They were allowed to mention prices this time. The 4TB model will retail at $850 and the 2TB model at $699. (Always check Amazon for G-Technology drives as there are some great discounts to be had.)

Lacie were not exhibiting anything new, but they did have FCPX running on the stand. They told us that they will adopt Thunderbolt 2 as soon as they can.

lacie IBC 2013


As did CalDigit who had FCPX front and centre. So if anybody says they didn't see a single copy of FCPX running at IBC, don't believe them.

caldigit ibc 2013


We imagine that once the new Mac Pro is released, most manufacturers will be showing Thunderbolt 2 products at NAB 2014. 


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