Ahead of IBC 2012, there’s a bit of competition between manufacturers as to who can pull the most exciting Thunderbolt products out of the bag. ATTO might be in with a shout, as they’ve announced they’re close to launching the ThunderLink and ThunderStream additions to their Desklink family.
Perfect for use with laptops, the ATTO ThunderLink and ThunderStream devices let you connect to storage protocols including Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA and Ethernet via Thunderbolt while you’re on the go. Wondering what the difference is between the two? Basically the ThunderStream has a built-in RAID controller, allowing you to protect your investment in existing SAS RAIDs, while the ThunderLink doesn’t.
When Sammy first saw them announced back at NAB 2012, he said the new devices would be great for any video professionals looking to replace their old server hardware.
“This is the biggy people have been waiting for,” he said. “Being able to share out your superfast Thunderbolt storage over 10Gb Ethernet puts the Mac mini one step closer to being a viable Xserve replacement. Having connectivity between Thunderbolt and SAS also means you can plug in RAID storage systems like the Sonnet DX800, and also SAS tape libraries.”
Sammy went on to explain: “If your external SAS doesn’t have RAID, you should look at the ThunderStream, but if you’ve already got a RAID controller in your RAID, then it’s the ThunderLink. ATTO have been making RAID controllers for years, so know a thing or two about them. It’s great to see they’ve now taken that knowledge, and stuck it in a box with Thunderbolt ports!”
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