Other World Computing Ships Monster 12TB Desktop Drive

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-25 Print this article Print

The company is now shipping the largest-to-date RAID storage drive ever for the desktop.

If you're a video or animation editor who often works in high-definition projects -- and there are more and more of those happening these days --  having a lot of storage around to keep all those mammoth digital files handy is a huge advantage.

After all, a typical HD movie can soak up an average of 50GB to 100GB of space.  If you have a few hundred of those babies lying around, it's not easy to find places to put them. Of course, if one simply has a lot of files, period, something like 12TB will satisfy most storage needs for quite a while.

Other World Computing (aka OWC) now has an answer to personal or small business Big Data. It started shipping a new desktop RAID drive Feb. 23 that simply blows away competitors based on capacity alone.

The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (pictured) is a monster 12TB enterprise RAID (redundant array of independent disks) storage drive, designed with a highly-reliable 2 million MTBF (mean time between failures) for critical business applications that must never go down.

Mean time between failures (MTBF) is the predicted elapsed time -- in this case, hours -- between inherent failures of a system during operation.

The QX2, which retails for $2,200, is comprised of four 3TB HDDs, all situated in hot-swappable drive bays, so replacing a bum disk is quite easy.

OWC, based in Woodstock, Ill., offers four interfaces for the QX2: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA.

The mammoth storage machine also features selectable RAID settings of 0, 1, 5, 10; 300MB/s data transfer rates for high speed; plug/play storage and redundancy for either Macs and PCs. It's all covered by a 5-year warranty, OWC said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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