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WD launches 4 bay G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3

by Mark Tyson on 19 January 2018, 11:31

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Western Digital Corporation has launched a pair of powerful new storage solutions. Aimed at professional content creators who need lightning-fast transfer speed and high-capacity storage - with mobility - WD has created the G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 and the G-Speed Shuttle with ev Series Bay Adapters.

G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3

This 4-bay storage solution is offered in capacities as high as 48TB. WD equips it with removable 7200RPM enterprise class drives which can be set up in hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 configurations. With dual Thunderbolt 3 ports the storage solution fits in well in many modern content creation workflows - for 4K and 8K content and similar. As an example of the performance WD says that a professional can transfer one hour of 4K footage at 30 frames per second (fps) in just minutes at up to 1,000MB/s.

Scott Vouri, vice president strategy and business development, G-Technology, Western Digital, reckons a great practical application of the G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 will be in the easy transport of footage. "One of the biggest pain points facing film makers is not having the ability to move the massive amounts of footage quickly and reliably to the next stage of the workflow – both physically and virtually." said Vouri, in an email to HEXUS. "If you're looking for a fast, high-capacity solution that’s also easily transportable, your options are limited. With the power of Thunderbolt 3, the flexibility to integrate with our ev Series, and a design optimized for mobility, the G-SPEED Shuttle is the perfect solution for any on-the-go project team."

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).

G-Speed Shuttle with ev Series Bay Adapters

This is a very similar storage solution to the above but with the added flexibility afforded by the integrated ev Series bay adapters. WD says that this model’s integrated ev Series bay adapters improve workflow options and productivity by enabling cross-functionality with all ev Series drives and readers. These adapters facilitate auto-offload or backup of various memory cards, caddy storage, Firewire devices, and so on.

G-Speed Shuttle with ev Series Bay Adapters solutions are said to offer up to 500MB/s transfer speeds. You can buy this device in 20TB ($1,999.95) and 24TB ($2,299.95) capacities.

You can read more about the new WD G-Speed Shuttle solutions and their application on the G-Technology blog.



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I'm curious as to how they've managed to achieve “Up to” 1000MB/s with only 4 drives.

In practice I've found that I can get 7200rpm drives to do large sequential read speeds of up to 200MB/s (ish). With 4 drives in RAID 0 that could be 800MB/s. So, unless HDDs have gotten much faster in the last year, they must be doing some very clever stuff to overcome that shortfall.

I dunno, but colour me intrigued. I'd be surprised if benchmarks showed sustained 1000MB/s speeds, even for giant file transfers.
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I dunno, but colour me intrigued. I'd be surprised if benchmarks showed sustained 1000MB/s speeds, even for giant file transfers.

WD claim 255MB/sec on their 12TB drives: http://www.storagereview.com/wd_gold_12tb_model_now_available

Sounds bold but believable, if someone wants to buy me 4 drives I would be happy to test that ;)
So you can't buy them empty?

Do they offer JBOD?
OWC Thunderbay 4 mini Enclosure £400 bare, stick in some dries and I bet it will come out cheaper and just as quick.