G-Technologies Launch new 4K Storage Devices

by on August 6, 2014

More and more companies are developing 4K cameras for both photography and recording/filming. Blackmagic, AJA, Sony and IMAX have all introduced cameras for 4K content production. Consequently, G-Technologies have introduced a couple of new 4K storage devices for 4K content.

G-Technologies showcased two new 4K storage devices at NAB and Cine Gear Expo 2014. One of those was the G-SPEED Studio that G-Technologies have designed to support compressed 4K workflows. It is a RAID 4-Bay Thunderbolt 2 storage device. RAID stands for redundant array of inexpensive disks, and is a storage device that combines multiple disks into one unit.

The G-SPEED Studio includes four Enterprise-Class hard drives. Combined those hard drives have a maximum storage of 24 terabytes. The G-SPEED is configurable in RAID zero, one, five and ten.

This storage device utilizes Thunderbolt 2 technology. As such, it boasts transfer speeds of up to 700MB/sec. In addition, you can also daisy-chain devices via its Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Note that the G-SPEED Studio is not compatible with Windows. It has a plug-and-play Mac setup, and so is compatible with the Apple platform only.

G-Technologies other 4K storage device shown at CineGear Expo is the G-RAID Studio. That is a high-performance removable duel storage system. It ships with a couple of removable 7200RPM hard drives that amount to a maximum 12 terabytes storage .

Like the G-SPEED, the G-RAID has Thunderbolt 2 tech for higher transfer rates. It supports transfer rates of up to 360MB/sec for editing photos and multiple streams of 2K/4K projects.

The G-RAID is compatible with a wider range of platforms than the G-Speed. It is compatible with both the Mac OS and Windows platforms. Note that does include earlier versions of Windows such as Vista.

G-Technologies’ vice president stated: “From lightning-fast transfer speeds to modern designs, we’ve approached our Studio series with the needs of today’s editors, photographers, filmmakers and musicians in mind. “The Studio series is built to handle the demands of 2K and 4K workflows, and represents the next level in our constant evolution to better support professional workflows with performance, style and reliability.

Both the G-SPEED Studio and G-RAID Studio are out now. The G-SPEED and G-RAID are retailing at $3,599.95 and $1,499.95 for the highest storage spaces. Below are specification lists for both 4K storage devices.

G-SPEED Studio

Storage: 12TB, 16TB, 24TB
Interface: Thunderbolt 2
Disk: (Four) Enterprise-class 7200RPM SATA III
Compatibility: Mac OS® 10.9 +
Size (L x W x H): 8.36″ x 7.94″ x 10.08″ / 213 x 202 x 274mm
Kit Contents:

Four-Bay Storage System
(Four) Removable disk modules
(One) Thunderbolt cable, Power cable
Quick Start Guide
Three-Year Limited Warranty

G-RAID Studio

Storage: 6TB, 8TB, 12TB
Interface: Thunderbolt 2
Disk: (Two) Enterprise class 7200RPM SATA III
Compatibility: Mac OS® 10.9 +; Windows® 8.1, and 7
Size (L x W x H): 7.11″ x 4.28″ x 8.4″ / 181 x 109 x 213 mm
Kit Contents:

G-RAID Studio with Thunderbolt 2 External Hard Drive
(One) Thunderbolt two cable
Power cable
AC power adapter
Quick Start Guide
Three-year Limited Warranty

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