Today Western Digital took the wraps off of two new external storage solutions from its G-Technology product family. The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3, is one that may interest iMac Pro and MacBook Pro owners the most. It’s an external storage unit with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 48TB of storage in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 in a 4-bay transportable form factor.

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The G-Speed Shuttle is equipped with four removable enterprise-class 7200RPM drives, affording read speeds up to 1000MB/s depending on RAID configuration. Speed is a priority, but the clear goal here is to provide lots of storage space in a compact footprint.

Featuring a transportable design with built-in handle, the G-Speed Shuttle comes with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports that allow users to incorporate the storage as a part of a daisy chain.

Video content is the obvious application where a setup like this would be put to good use. With this in mind, G-Technology cites demanding workflows of 4K and even 8K content in its press materials for the G-Speed Shuttle.

I can vouch for the fact that external storage solutions like this are pretty much a must-have for Mac users working on large video projects shot in 4K and higher resolutions. For instance, file sizes can be downright astronomical for RAW footage.

Even Canon’s Cinema RAW Light eats up roughly 1Gbps, with a 128GB CFast 2.0 card only providing around 15 minutes of footage. That considered, it’s easy to see why there’s a growing market for storage solutions like these.

The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 is available in the U.S. now in 16TB ($1,799.95), 24TB ($2,299.95), 32TB ($2,799.95) and 48TB ($3,799.95) varieties. Western Digital has also produced a G-Speed Shutter with ev Series Bay Adapters. While slower in transfer rates, with a maximum of 24TB, this solution affords cross-functionality with all ev Series drives and readers.

G-Tech is utilizing HGST-branded Ultrastar enterprise-class drives from Western Digital, which yield high MTBF ratings. The drives come bundled with a 5-year limited warranty, and are pre-formated for macOS environments with RAID 5 pre-configured.

Do you currently work with the type of big data that requires a similar external storage solution? What’s been your experience thus far?


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