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OWC Announces Massive 12TB Enterprise RAID Storage Drive - Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Other World Computing (OWC), 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 300 MB/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 this page.

    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 this page for more info.
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  2. kaneda


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    Great for people working in motion graphics/video editing/3D. :p

    or really over the top pirates XD
  3. naram-sin

    naram-sin New Member

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    And that means you! :D Still troubled with these babies... no USB 3.0, no NAS (e.a. GbE), and what the hell enterprise-class means if you don't get at least 1x GbE RJ-45 on this one and at least 5-year warranty...

    Anyhow, I wanna see these 3TB disks in retail. WD, make your stand! :D:D
  4. timta2

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    It's not really trying to be a NAS and OWC's enclosures will probably get USB 3.0 when (or if rather) it's supported (officially) on Macs. Not too many PCs out there with Firewire 800. I know they say "PCs" but the truth of the matter is that OWC has traditionally been a Mac retailer.

    And they clearly state that "Enterprise" means 24/7 operation
    , in addition to
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