Promise Ships RAID Product for Audio/Video Storage

By Stuart J. Johnston

Promise Technology said it is shipping a new series of its RAID subsystems designed to yield two-and-a-half times more video streaming than the previous VTrak series storage solutions for Mac OS X.

The VTrak x30 Series provides 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, uses Intel Xeon 3500 series CPUs, and has been tested for use with Mac OS X, as well as with Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) Xsan clustered file system, and its Final Cut Studio audio and video post-production solution, a Promise Technology statement said.

"For the entry to mid-range markets looking to gain an edge, the VTrak x30 Series is the perfect solution when balancing performance, scalability, capacity and reliability to provide enterprise-class features at an entry-level price point," the statement added.

In fact, the x30 series is the latest in Promise Technology's storage solutions for the Mac OS, although the new series is certified to also work with Windows, Linux, and Quantum (NYSE: QTM) StorNext.

"The VTrak x30 Series joins the VTrak Ex10 as a qualified Mac OS X solution and the foundation for Mac users’ storage infrastructure," said Ray Bahar, Promise Technology's vice president sales and marketing for the Americas.

The x30 Series can be massively scaled up to a total of 272 TB of raw storage, and supports 2 GB per second sequential writes as well as 5.5 GB per second of sequential reads.

In addition, the x30 Series provides scalable video performance with expansion support up to 3 expansion chassis for a total of 144 TB.

"The VTrak x30 Series RAID solution was developed to meet the mission critical needs of today's demanding video workflows. At the heart of the Promise VTrak x30 Series RAID subsystem is an advanced, high-performance RAID engine developed over the course of two decades," the company said.

VTrak x30 Series will be available this week via the Apple Store, and through resellers globally. The x30 Series storage devices start at $11,999.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on April 12, 2011