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CeBIT: Promise delivers on Thunderbolt

Intel Thunderbolt I/O tech from Promise

After a last minute courier delivery on Thursday morning to CeBIT Hall 2, Promise Technology became the first company at CeBit to demonstrate Thunderbolt.

The Promise Pegasus R4 and R6 are four- and six-bay RAID arrays with Thunderbolt connectivity – two of the first products outside of Apple to sport the technology.

Albrecht Hestermann and Promise R6

Promise Technology's marketing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Albrecht Hestermann stands by the company's breakthrough storage solution, the Promise Pegasus R6 with Intel Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt was unveiled one week ago today (24 Feb 2011) with the launch of a new range of Apple MacBook Pro notebooks that feature the latest connection standard from Intel.

Formerly known as Light Peak, this hyperfast I/O system is said to provide two channels of 10Gb/s transfers.

This contrasts with the emerging USB 3.0 standard, specified to 4.8Gb/s operation.

Thunderbolt meets Promise hardware RAID

On its exhibition stand at CeBIT 2011, Promise Technology demonstrated some of the capability of the system by playing four streams of uncompressed high-definition video.

For the Pegasus R6, Promise Technology cites over 800MB/s raw performance. And in the demonstration visitors could see the setup taking the four-feed 1920x1080, 10-bit uncompressed datastream in its stride.

Played from a new Apple MacBook Pro (Early 2011) laptop, Mac OS X’s Activity Monitor app showed a stream that averaged 630MB/s, with a 650.9MB/s peak datarate.

Inside the Promise Pegasus R6 are six Seagate 7200rpm drives in RAID 5 configuration.

Promise Thunderbolt demo

Using the latest Apple MacBook Pro (Early 2011) 15in notebook, Promised showed some of the capabilities of Thunderbolt with its hardware RAID Pegasus R6

Unlike some RAID systems, Promise uses a hardware RAID system, rather than conducted through software by a unit’s CPU.

Worldwide pricing for the Promise Pegasus is to be announced, with availability said to be within the second quarter of this year.

Promise R6

The Promise R6 uses Thunderbolt for direct-attached storage, with six-bay hardware RAID

Promise Technology, Inc is a specialist in storage since 1988, its wares ranging from two-bay SmartStor for consumers, to enterpise VessRAID fibre and SAS storage systems for industry. The Taiwanese-American company has its European head office in Holland, and first subsidiary in Germany since 2004.

At present it has a virtual office in Wokingham, United Kingdom, but PC Advisor was told that the company will be stepping-up its operation in the UK very soon.

See also:

What is Thunderbolt, Intel’s new 10Gbps port?

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