As part of every CES trip, I make it a point to visit G-Technology and see what they are introducing into the DAS (direct attached storage) market. This year, there were no major announcements except for the introduction of a Type-C interface for some of their external hard drives. These are still USB 3.0 drives, as there is not much to gain by moving to a USB 3.1 interface for hard drives. However, it must be noted that these 2.5" drives are 7200 RPM ones providing that extra bit of performance compared to the 5400 RPM drives used by most vendors. G-Technology expects the 1TB version to have a MSRP of $130 when it launches in February.

Coming back to the more impressive part of my visit to the suite, G-Technology showed the various features of the G-SPEED Shuttle XL. This 8-bay hardware RAID solution comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The platform itself is very similar to the G-SPEED Studio XL introduced by G-Technology at IBC 2015 in September. This product also has two ev Series Bay Adapters which enable support for the G-DRIVE ev modules. These modules can easily be swapped across different interface modules for use in rugged environments, or just for portability, or even with high-capacity arrays like the G-SPEED Studio / Shuttle XL.

The Shuttle XL can be oriented either vertically or horizontally. In the horizontal configuration, it can even be used as a stand for the notebook (to which it may connect). G-Technology also has an adapter for a RED MINI-MAG so that it can be read into the computer directly through the Shuttle XL. A RED MINI-MAG and a G-DRIVE ev SSD are shown connected to the Shuttle XL using the two ev Series Bay Adapters in the above picture. The Shuttle XL also has a custom-designed transportation case for portability across different work locations.

Claimed transfer rates are around 1350 MBps. The disks can be configured in RAID 0,1,5,6,10 and 50. The unit is sold with enterprise-class hard drives with pricing ranging from $3500 for 24TB to $8000 for 64TB. G-Technology provides a 3-year warranty for the product.

We saw LaCie launch a 8-bay Thunderbolt 2 1U rackmount unit, the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 a couple of years back. It is interesting to see G-Technology have a 'portable' take on the8-bay hardware RAID Thunderbolt 2 enclosure market.  From an end-user perspective, it is great to have both choices and one can let the usage model dictate the suitable solution.


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  • bebimbap - Sunday, January 17, 2016 - link

    1.35GBps "claimed" transfer I wonder if that can be achieved in Raid 6 for this device. I'm leaning towards raid 0 side.

    However I do have to ask, what is the weight of this thing? i'm thinking about 20 lbs for drives, and another 10 for the system. It is called "shuttle XL" so portability comes to mind, esp with the first pic of the macbooks with many USB externals in it.
  • GTechBobby - Friday, January 22, 2016 - link

    The G-SPEED Shuttle XL is 23 lbs fully populated with drives. The design of the Shuttle XL fits snuggly in a 1510 Pelican case which is kind of nice if you want to take 64TB of storage with you as a carry-on.

    Regarding speed, even in RAID 6 you should get speeds of around 1Gbs/sec.
  • ciparis - Sunday, January 17, 2016 - link

    "These are still USB 3.0 drives, as there is not much to gain by moving to a USB 3.1 interface for hard drives. "

    That might be how their marketing department spins it, but you should know better than that. What you gain is the security of a physical port that has a future, vs one that is on its way out.
  • ciparis - Sunday, January 17, 2016 - link

    Note to self: finish coffee before snarking. I even pasted "USB 3.0" in there, but I was thinking "Thunderbolt", despite the article mentioning USB-C. My life for an edit button...
  • ganeshts - Sunday, January 17, 2016 - link

    They are two different products. USB 3.0 Type-C is for the small external hard drives.

    The Thunderbolt 2 interface is for the Shuttle-XL product. In any case, we will definitely have Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 / Type-C adapters so that older Thunderbolt peripherals continues to work with the newer computers with a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C interface.

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