Videoguys NAB Report - G-Technology


Hitachi Hard DrivesJust prior to NAB G-Tech and Fabrik were acquired by Hitachi. This is very big and important news. With Hitachi behind them it gives G-Tech a cost, availability and technology advantage that other external drive companies simply will not be able to compete with in the long run. It also shows how important the added value of G-Tech design, performance and reliability is to one of the world's biggest computer and electronics companies. We think it will be an excellent fit and we expect great things form this acquisition for video content creators.


We're starting to see the benefits already! Just after NAB G-Tech announced lower prices on G-RAID 3's and G-SPEED eS drives that makes these already fantastic products an even more unbelievable value! The G-RAID 3 2TB model is now only $375, while the G-SPEED eS 4 TB with PCIe RAID card is now only $1,550!

G-Tech G-SPEED eS PRO with PCIe CardAt NAB G-Tech also announced the new G-SPEED eS PRO line of storage. Utilizing Mini-SAS connectivity G-SPEED eS PRO delivers better than Fibre-Channel performance for at a fraction of the cost. The compact and whisper quiet G-SPEED eS PRO features mini-SAS connectivity to a high performance PCIe x8 IOP RAID controller that supports RAID levels 0,1,3,5 and RAID 6. A single G-SPEED eS PRO enclosure with four 7200 RPM, SATA II drives in RAID 0 mode supports multi-stream ProRes 422 HQ playback and a single-stream of uncompressed 10-bit HD. Two units with eight drives in protected mode (RAID 3 or 5) supports two simultaneous streams of uncompressed 10-bit HD or a single 2K DPX sequence. G-SPEED eS PRO is simply the most affordable, fail-safe desktop RAID storage solution designed specifically for high-end post.

G-Tech G-SPPED eS PRO XLThe G-SPEED eS PRO XL is the rack mounted version. 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.

When we asked G-Tech about the new drives they said "Compared to Fibre Channel solutions, our new G-SPEED eS PRO & PRO XL with mini SAS instantly changes the economics of deploying a rack-mount solution in a small studio or high end production house. The value of the G-SPEED eS PRO XL enables a new class of customers to benefit from the performance, reliability and scalability without breaking their IT budgets."

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