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OWC Thunderbay Now Up to 24TB (4 X 6TB Hard Drives)

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See also Simplify Your Storage: Fast, Reliable, Expandable as well as the MPG review of the OWC Thunderbay.

OWC is now shipping the Thunderbay in configurations that include 6TB hard drives, up from the previous 5TB option.

With 6TB drives, a RAID-5 edition Thunderbay delivers 18TB of available capacity.

Woodstock, IL – September 2, 2014 – OWC announced today that the ThunderBay 4 and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are now available with up to 24TB of capacity.

The larger capacity option, combined with its ultra-quiet cooling technology, makes the ThunderBay 4 perfect for today’s workstations where having a quiet desktop drive with ample storage is paramount to a productive workflow.

The Speed, Freedom, and Capacity to do More

Equipped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ThunderBay 4 delivers blazing-fast speeds with sustained data rates up to 1,342 MB/s RAID 0 and up to 675 MB/s RAID 5. With capacities ranging from 4TB to 24TB, customers can get the optimal balance of storage, performance, and data-redundancy to fit their specific workflow requirements.

For those wanting more freedom and flexibility, OWC offers the perfect “bring your own drives” solution with the ThunderBay 4 Enclosure Kit, and the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition Enclosure Kit. Add up to four hard drives, SSDs, or a mixture of both hard drives and SSDs for customizable performance to meet specific storage and backup needs. Set up a RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, or 1+0 array using SoftRAID and enjoy advanced features, such as drive monitoring, e-mail notification, and rapid rebuild capabilities.

“I'm very impressed by ThunderBay 4's overall design and performance. I like that OWC chose to leave the RAID options strictly in the user's hands. This allows the ThunderBay 4 enclosure to be used in many different scenarios: as a backup, as extra storage, or with various RAID configurations to increase performance.” – Tom Nelson, About.com

Extremely Quiet, Cool, Durable, & Reliable

The ThunderBay 4’s ultra-quiet cooling technology coupled with rugged, vibration-absorbing, non-skid feet minimizes sonic resonance and vibration to enable quiet performance. Combining this with the ThunderBay 4’s durable, aluminum, open “flow-thru” vented enclosure design keeps the four internal drives cool and protects the enclosure’s internal components.

“As computers have become quieter and the need to reduce workspace noise becomes a focus, we know that our solutions need to be quieter too,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, OWC. “That’s why all our high-performance ThunderBay 4 solutions come equipped with exceptional noise-reduction technology which resulted in reducing noise levels by approximately 33%. Fostering a productive workflow has never been easier with our ThunderBay 4, especially with the larger 24TB capacity option.”

Key Features Include:

Availability in large capacities up to 24TB
Speeds up to 1,342 MB/s RAID 0 and up to 675 MB/s RAID 5
SoftRAID 5 – the first ever software RAID 5 for the Mac (available with ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition)
4 drive bays and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports
Improved fan technology for an ultra-quiet work environment that is approximately 33% quieter
Flexibility to combine multiple ThunderBays into a single massive RAID array
High-Quality, Certified, Double-Shielded 1-Meter Thunderbolt cable
Utility software bundle for Mac
OWC 3-Year Limited Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

Pricing and Availability:

OWC’s ThunderBay 4 and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are available for immediate ordering.

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