Today at NAB2013, G-Technology announced the first three products in its Evolution Series lineup. They are the G-DOCK ev™ with Thunderbolt, the G-DRIVE® ev and the G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules. The Evolution Series G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is a two-bay, hot-swappable JBOD media drive system with user-configurable RAID 1 (protected) or RAID 0 (performance). The two Evolution Series drives are both USB 3.0, 2.5-inch, and 7200RPM. The only real differences are that the G-DRIVE ev allows transfer rates of up to 136MB/s while the G-DRIVE ev PLUS increases that to 250MB/s. The G-DRIVE ev comes in both 500GB and 1TB capacities while the G-DRIVE ev PLUS is only available as a 1TB drive.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the new Evolution Series products is that, unlike other RAID systems, the drive modules for the G-DOCK ev are standalone external drives. This means that you can take them with you as a regular external USB drive, then reconnect them to the G-DOCK ev when you return. While going out and about with one of your RAID system drives is the kind of thing that would make many Network Administrators go white in the face, it can also be part of an efficient backup system.
Say you take one drive out to the job and have your assistant back up all images onto it onsite. Then when you return home, that drive is mounted into your G-DOCK ev configured as RAID 1, and your data is protected as soon as the drive finishes mirroring. Having standalone drives also lends itself to offsite backup storage as well. Should your studio ever experience a fire or other disaster, the G-DRIVE ev drives that you have stored offsite not only would be protected, but would also be usable with no additional downtime caused by having to remount them in a new drive enclosure.
The G-DOCK ev, including two 1TB G-DRIVE ev modules, will be available in May through G-Technology and its Premier Channel Partners for an MSRP of $749.95. Additional 500GB or 1TB G-DRIVE ev modules can be purchased separately for a MSRP of $149.95 and $199.95, respectively. The higher throughput 1TB G-DRIVE ev PLUS modules will be available this summer for $349.95 MSRP. http://www.g-technology.com/
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