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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Other World Computing Showcases New SSD Storage Solutions at CES


Other World Computing announced at CES its Mercury Aura Pro and Envoy Pro internal and external SSDs for Apple's 2012 MacBook Pro computers, the Mercury Viper Solid State Drive and the release of OWC Jupiter mini-SAS.

The OWC Mercury Aura Pro and Envoy Pro are high-performance internal and external Solid State Drive storage solutions designed for 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display (rMBP) computers. Available in 480GB capacity, the 6G (6Gb/s) SandForce Driven Mercury Aura Pro offers rMBP owners up to nearly 3x more storage and/or backup capacity than the factory base model 128GB flash module. The Envoy Pro offers continued use of the factory flash module after upgrading with the Aura Pro.

Instead of being 'factory locked', the OWC Aura Pro gives rMBP owners the freedom to upgrade internal capacity to meet storage needs. When first introduced, the MacBook Pro with Retina display base model offered a 256GB SSD configuration with no upgrade option. Current 13- and 15-inch base model SSD configurations range from 128GB to 256GB. The 480GB Mercury Aura Pro offers a $220 savings over the comparable sized 512GB factory capacity upgrade costing $800.

A key benefit for Apple notebook owners when choosing an OWC SSD is the retention of the original factory flash module. When upgrading directly with the factory, consumers pay for the base flash capacity module but do not get that original base flash module returned to them for re-use. Thanks to the OWC Envoy Pro portable enclosure, rMBP owners upgrading with a Mercury Aura Pro SSD can re-task the original factory flash module as a USB 3.0/2.0 bus-powered external drive for additional storage and/or backup duty.

The Mercury Aura Pro for the 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display computers is available immediately as a drive only for $579.99 and a value priced bundle with the Envoy Pro for $629.99.

OWC also announced today the first phase of its release of OWC Jupiter mini-SAS, with Jupiter JBOD/Expander Racks, PCIe HBA Cards and Enterprise Switches available for immediate ordering. Built upon the mini-SAS interface for speeds up to 48Gb/s, Jupiter combines high data sharing performance with the simplicity of direct attached storage (DAS) at a fraction of the cost of fibre channel infrastructures.

OWC Jupiter has been designed as a scalable storage solution for small businesses and enterprises utilizing mission- critical and creative applications. Jupiter JBOD/Expander Racks have two 24Gbps mini-SAS ports for up to a 48Gb/s data rate. Jupiter racks also offer storage support for up to sixteen 3.5" drive bays; and when utilizing Jupiter switches, systems can be built to accommodate up to 3600TB.

OWC Jupiter switches extend the capabilities of SAS, and harness the performance of DAS as a SAN configuration. Whether it?s DAS, a SAN or a little of each, Jupiter can be set up to personal preference. With the Jupiter 16-port Enterprise Switch, sixteen non-blocking 24 Gb/s SAS wide ports provide zoning and extended cable length support for high speeds even over extended distances with low latency. Jupiter has fourteen external SAS connectors for SAS initiators and targets that use passive cables, and two external active mini-SAS connectors for active or passive cables for maximum flexibility. The Jupiter 16-Port Enterprise Switch can be managed in two ways - in-band via the Jupiter Control Center Application or via embedded software for out-of-band management.

OWC Jupiter mini-SAS cable moves massive amounts of data fast. Four bi-directional data lanes with 6Gb/s of performance packed into each lane offers up to a 24Gb/s performance per mini-SAS cable. With the Jupiter mini-SAS PCIe HBA Card, you can use a single mini-SAS connection or use both connections for up to 48Gb/s bandwidth. The mini-SAS PCIe HBA Card supports more than 1,000 SAS addresses and has processing power to support over 500,000 I/Os per second.

The Jupiter line employs SAS from drive to enclosure, from cable to switch, and directly to a workstation or servers. This single protocol system results in extremely low latency throughout for quicker data transactions than fiber optic or mixed protocol environments.

The OWC Jupiter Switches are an expandable way to eliminate storage islands ? drives and data can now be pooled for multiple host/server access to optimize your storage resources. Available in both 9-port workgroup and 16-port enterprise models, the Jupiter Switches enable SAS and SATA connectivity of up to 1,000 devices at DAS speeds.

Jupiter mini-SAS Key Features:

- Scalable pooled (shared) storage solution combines the simplicity of direct attached storage (DAS) and the performance of mini-SAS with a cost at a fraction of fibre channel
- mini-SAS interface for speeds up to 24Gb/s per mini-SAS cable
- Enterprise-level 3600TB (3.6 Petabytes) capacity with Enterprise-class drives and expander units
- Available in 8- and 16-bay racks with 4- and 8-bay towers to be released in Q1 2013
- Available as a standalone storage solution with a RAID storage subsystem supporting RAID configurations 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD to be released in Q1 2013
- Hot-swappable redundant power supplies can be replaced without shutting down or restarting
- User-friendly management and monitoring application for checking Jupiter's overall system status, performance, maintenance and diagnostics
- Three-year warranty with enhanced service options available

The OWC Jupiter mini-SAS is immediately available from OWC in a variety of JBOD and expander rack configurations with complete solution pricing starting at $4,799.00. OWC includes a management and monitoring application to monitor Jupiter's overall system health, performance, maintenance and diagnostics.

Other World Computing has also announced the Mercury Viper Solid State Drive, the next generation of high-performance OWC Mercury brand SSDs. Designed for professional users and gamers, Mercury Viper is a 3.5-inch 6G Solid State Drive offering data rate performance up to 600MB/s. The new series is available in capacities from 240GB to a massive 2TB (1920GB).


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