If you're in need of a place to store a lot of digital files, and we mean a lot of digital files, OWC has a new RAID storage drive that's ready to handle extreme needs. The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is a massive, intimidating 12TB enterprise RAID storage drive, designed with a highly-reliable two million MTBF for critical 24/7 applications. The drive ships with four 3TB drives, all of which are located in hot-swappable drive bays.
There's also four interfaces to choose from: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA. If you like choices, you're in luck. There's also selectable Hardware RAID settings of 0, 1, 5, 10; and 300MB/s data transfer rates for high speed, Plug & Play storage and redundancy for Macs and PCs. All of that is covered by a 5-year warranty, and all connection cables are included. But when you're looking at a $2219.99 price, you'd expect nothing less.
OWC ANNOUNCES MERCURY ELITE-AL PRO QX2 - MASSIVE 12TB ENTERPRISE RAID STORAGE DRIVE
Highly Reliable 2 Million MTBF for Critical 24/7 Applications
Plug & Play Desktop-Sized Hardware RAID Storage/Backup Drive
5 Year Warranty Protection for Macs & PCs
February 22, 2011, Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 hardware RAID storage drive with massive 12TB of storage/backup in a desktop-sized brushed aluminum enclosure. Featuring four 3TB high performance hard drives in four hot swappable drive bays, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB RAID storage drive offers the flexibility of a “Quad Interface” of FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA; four selectable Hardware RAID settings of 0, 1, 5, 10; and 300MB/s data transfer rates for high speed, Plug & Play storage and redundancy for Macs and PCs.
Built for Demanding Performance-Intensive Applications
The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is built for demanding performance-intensive applications, such as:
· Cloud storage
* Massive Scale Out (MSO)
* Data warehousing & mining
* Disk-to-disk backup & archiving
* RAID arrays
* Network Attached Storage (NAS)
* Audio/Video/HD-video editing.
* Digital photography/graphics.
* Professional music.
* Redundant backup.
2 Million MTBF for Enterprise-Class High Reliability
Designed for 24/7 enterprise-class capacity-optimized applications, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 offers two million MTBF, nearly double the MTBF of consumer class drives, for unsurpassed reliability for critical enterprise applications. Pre-configured in Hardware RAID 5 mode to provide data redundancy for uninterrupted access and protection against data loss, the drive can also be automatically configured to use the other hardware RAID settings: 0, 1, or 10, as well as a Span (NRAID). Selecting and visually confirming the RAID setting is performed by a recessed selector switch safely located behind the lockable front panel.
Comprehensive “Burn-in” Testing Ensures Highest Reliability - Includes Five Year Warranty
Unlike most other brands that are shipped with little or no testing, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB as well as the full Qx2 line undergoes a multi-hour “burn in” performance certification procedure to ensure that the unit is operating properly and ready for demanding use. With this unmatched commitment to quality, OWC backs the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 with an industry leading five year warranty.
OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB desktop hardware RAID Features:
* Four 3TB high performance hard drives for 12TB capacity.
* Four separate interfaces: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB, & eSATA.
* Four selectable hardware RAID settings: 0, 1, 5, 10.
* Fast 300MB/s data transfer rates.
* Two million MTFP for high reliability.
* Extensively pre-tested for demanding use.
* Front panel LEDs offer quick, at-a-glance system status.
* All connection cables are included.
* Removable Key Lock for extra security.
* Five year warranty.
Pricing & Availability and Additional Drive Capacity Models
The 12TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is available immediately, priced at $2,219.99. It includes cables for eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0/1.1, power cord, two keys for front panel lock, Backup and Utility software CD: Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM, Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup, NovaStor NovaBACKUP®, Carbon Copy Cloner©, and Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed. For more information on the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB, see: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/RAID/Desktop/
In addition, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is also available with various drive capacity options from 0TB (no drive included) to 12TB, starting from $479.99 see http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/RAID/Desktop/ for more info.