Wednesday, May 7th 2014

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 RAID Storage Solution Now Available in 20 TB Model

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company, announced the new 25% larger capacity for the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 RAID storage solution for enterprise, professional and prosumer users. The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 combines multiple high speed interfaces and hardware RAID with massive capacity to handle demanding 4K video content, in a four-bay professional-grade storage solution. With high-speed sustained data rates of up to 260 MB/s, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is ideal for creative professionals using USB 3.0, FireWire 800 or eSATA equipped Macs or PCs, including the Mac Pro 2013.

The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 features user selectable options of Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, Span, and Independent modes, offering the discerning user the ideal combination of speed, capacity, and redundancy to handle demanding applications.

Built for Demanding, Performance-Intensive Applications
With four hot-swappable bays, multiple interface support, and up to 20 TB of available storage capacity, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is engineered specifically for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management, and data-intensive processes. It was engineered for professionals who require high-level data storage performance and reliability.

"We've listened to customer demands for increased capacities and now the extremely robust Elite Pro Qx2 is larger to better handle 4K video files," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Its unique mix of multiple drive capacities, multiple high-speed interfaces, and multiple drive modes makes it the premier choice for power users."

Plug & Play Convenience for Mac & PC
Thanks to a variety of convenient features, adding the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 to any Mac or PC is plug-and-play easy. USB 3.0, FireWire 800 (two), and eSATA interfaces provide compatibility and interoperability with multiple operating systems and computers. Front panel LEDs allow for at-a-glance system status checks. A removable key lock ensures that the installed hard drives and selected RAID mode remain secure. Four hot-swappable bays currently support up to 20 TB of drive capacity.

The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is available in five prosumer and four enterprise-class options that range from 4 TB to 20 TB solutions. The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 includes all cables, locking keys, documentation, and a disk utility software bundle valued at more than $200 (retail). Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 units are backed with an up to five-year limited warranty. For more information and immediate availability, please visit: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2.

Five Prosumer Models Available:
  • 4.0 TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (1 TB x 4) - $ 549.99
  • 8.0 TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (2 TB x 4) - $ 699.99
  • 12.0 TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (3 TB x 4) - $ 849.99
  • 16.0 TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (4 TB x 4) - $ 1,229.99
  • 20.0 TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (5 TB x 4) - $ 1,579.99
Also available as a non-populated kit, with no Drives:
  • 0 GB Kit OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 add/mix/match up to four (4) SATA Drives - $ 279.00
Multiple RAID and Drive Modes
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is pre-configured in a Hardware RAID 5 mode to provide optimal performance with data redundancy, and to ensure uninterrupted access to stored data and protection against data loss. In addition, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 can be easily user configured between RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10, and can be set to non-RAID Span and Independent drive settings. To read how the Qx2 fits into the production workflow of professional users, visit http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/procorner/

Comprehensive "Burn-in" Test Ensures Highest Reliability
Unlike other companies that assemble and ship their products with little or no testing, each Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 undergoes a multi-hour "burn-in" performance certification procedure prior to shipping. This ensures every Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is operating properly and that the installed drives are ready for demanding use, with burn-in testing up to 30 hours.

Backed By the Best Support in the Industry
The best warranty is one a user will never have to use, but should the need occur, OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage. Each Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 comes with free lifetime, US-based 24/7 technical support, an up to a five-year limited warranty (which includes a 48-hour repair turnaround time guarantee), and six months of complimentary Level 1 data recovery.
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