G-Technology Intros G-SPEED Q and the G-SPEED FC XL Storage Solutions

The news just keeps flowing from NAB 2010. G-Technology, who has since been teamed with Hitachi in the storage realm, just announced new drives today aimed at professionals in the content creation industry, but if we know you, we're guessing you have just as big a need for archiving as the folks who do this stuff for a living.

At the expo, G-Tech is showcasing two new additions to the G-SPEED family: the G-SPEED Q and the G-SPEED FC XL 8Gb/s Fibre Channel solution. It's clear that both of these are fairly high-brow products, marketed to give content creators, broadcasters and filmmakers "more reliable, high performance storage options to get the job done effectively, efficiently and reliably."

The new G-SPEED Q is a four-bay drive with a bunch of ports: eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 (via adapter cable) and USB 2.0. It's missing USB 3.0, which is a bit of a let down, but the other high-speed options help to ease the pain. It's sold with as much as 8TB of internal storage, and can easily hit speeds in excess of 200MB/sec using eSATA. It also supports SD and HD Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere compressed workflows, and there's also a built-in RAID controller. Formatted for Macs, the compact and whisper quiet G-SPEED Q features four hot-swappable Hitachi 7200 RPM 3Gbit SATA hard drives, and can be configured in RAID 0 or 5. It will be available in June throughout G-Tech’s network of resellers, with prices set at $899 for 4TB and $1,499 for 8TB.

The G-SPEED FC XL 8Gb is definitely more high-end, joining the company's current line of professional 12- and 16-bay rack mount solutions. It's billed as a simple way to deploy a fail-safe SAN or add additional high performance RAID storage to existing XSan2 / metaSAN networks, and performance of up to 700MB/sec is within reach. The G-SPEED FC XL 8Gb features the next generation Intel RAID processor with support for RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6 and JBOD. and it's available in both 2U and 3U form factors. It'll ship this May with a starting price of $8999 for a 12TB unit.