Promise jumps on Intel's Thunderbolt

Promise Technology has said that it is going to start installing Intel’s Thunderbolt technology into its newest Pegasus line of high-performance hardware RAID storage gear.

The jury is still out on Thunderbolt with only Apple signing up for the use of the Interconnect tech, however it seems that some of its hardware partners are jumping on the bandwagon.

Promise claims that Thunderbolt simplifies everything by supporting data and display connections over a single cable.

The Pegasus Raid storage is being designed with media and entertainment customers in mind and according to a statement which uses the word ” leverage” far too many times Thunderbolt fits nicely in the box.

Pegasus offers faster speed and throughput in a small form factor. Using Thunderbolt technology high-speed I/O, it can manage 864 MB/s, which is more than 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800, the press release enthuses. Firewire 800? Why not compare the speed with two tins and a piece of string?

Pegasus is a four bay or six bay RAID enclosure supporting seven RAID modes, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10. It will have two Thunderbolt technology ports, a new aluminium enclosure, and a smart fan for reduced system noise. The price for a four bay 4TB configuration is $999, with a six-bay 12TB priced at $1,999.

While Intel might be pleased that someone is taking its product seriously, it would probably prefer it was not connected to the only supplier which has shown the idea any love – Apple.