OWC ThunderBay 4 Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 SR5 RAID-5 Storage Enclosure

$ 479.00 Regular price $ 549.99

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MPN: TB3SRKIT0GB

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Product SKU: OWCTB3SRKIT0GB

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbay 6-Bay RAID-READY with Softraid 'lite' Solution for Serial ATA HD with Thunderbolt Cable included. 0GB Kit - Add Your Own Drives Kit (0GB). 1 year warranty. Includes: OWC ThunderBay 4 high performance hard drive enclosure with...

Your Custom Configuration:
  • No Hard Drive
  • No RAID
  • No RAM Upgrade
  • No RAIL
  • No LAN Card
  • No Warranty
  • No SSD Cache
  • No Cables
  • No QM2 Card
  • No M.2 SSD Modules
  • No Transceiver

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$ 479.00 Regular price $ 549.99

Product Details

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbay 6-Bay RAID-READY with Softraid 'lite' Solution for Serial ATA HD with Thunderbolt Cable included. 0GB Kit - Add Your Own Drives Kit (0GB). 1 year warranty.

Includes:

ThunderBay 4

Thunderbolt 3 — The Speed You Need

OWC's flagship RAID powerhouse has been redesigned to take advantage of the phenomenal performance and power of the Thunderbolt 3 interface. With capacity up to 48TB it's now faster, cooler and quieter than ever before.

  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Maximize the potential of four 3.5-inch drives or four 2.5-inch drives — no adapter needed
  • Ultra quiet, heat dissipating aluminum chassis
  • RAID ready or RAID 5 option

Edit. Experiment. Create. Design.

Edit, view, stream, and produce more with ThunderBay in your 2K, 4K, and audio production workflow. With ThunderBay's performance capabilities you can complete projects faster, have more time to experiment, and push your creations to the next level.

Enhance editing capabilities in video apps like Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and Avid Media Composer. Empower greater audio production capabilities in audio apps like Avid Pro Tools and Logic Pro X. Edit large photos in apps like Adobe Photoshop, and browse large photo libraries in apps like Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom. Simply put, you can do more with a ThunderBay 4 enhanced workflow, and with a RAID 5 array you get data redundancy on top of great performance!

Connect to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 Systems with Ease

The OWC ThunderBay 4 harnesses the power of Thunderbolt 3 to provide backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2. Whichever interface/speed your workflow demands, it's easy to integrate OWC ThunderBay 4's massive capacity and performance capabilities. Add a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter and you're all set.

Pro-Tips: Daisy-Chaining with Thunderbolt Devices

With the ability to run up to six devices per port, Thunderbolt ports amplify your laptop or desktop with peripheral power. Learn the basics of daisy-chaining Thunderbolt devices for maximum performance in this handy infographic. View Infographic

SoftRAID: Conventional Wisdom Turned on its Head

It's often thought that hardware RAID is better than software RAID, but we've proven that not to be true. We've combined the performance and capacity of the ThunderBay 4 with our robust SoftRAID engine. Experience breathtaking performance, multi-enclosure capability, advanced drive monitoring, e-notifications and downloadable updates. Once you do, you'll see how hardware RAID doesn't even come close.

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The Better and Simpler Way to RAID

We created SoftRAID to make it easier to maintain mission-critical workflows to save you time and money. With SoftRAID you no longer need to be locked into expensive hardware RAID technology that's not upgradeable or expandable. SoftRAID future-proofs your data and storage with software updates that provide cutting edge capabilities and robust stability.

SoftRAID takes advantage of your computer's processor versus the slow processors found in most hardware RAID enclosures. The result is a fast and flexible RAID array with no discernible impact to your favorite apps. SoftRAID drive certification tells you whether or not a drive is up to the task before creating a RAID array. Advanced monitoring tools work behind the scenes to keep your RAID running in tip-top shape.

SoftRAID protects your data by alerting you to issues before anything happens, ensuring you're protected when you're on a critical deadline. SoftRAID rebuilds your RAID in a fraction of the time it would take a hardware RAID to complete the same task, sparing you from significant downtime when you're ready to upgrade or replace a drive.

RAID and Storage Spaces

ThunderBay 4 RAID models come with SoftRAID preconfigured in RAID 5 offering the best balance drive capacity, performance, and data redundancy. You can also configure your ThunderBay with your choice of RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 1+0 to meet any workflow demand.

Workflow and Storage Solutions for Pros

Whether you're finishing and mastering, creating proxies or working with state-of-the-art VFX and AR, you need dependable tech that keeps pace with your demands. OWC workflow and storage solutions cover every angle, delivering processing speeds up to 2800MB/s, capacity for all five levels of RAID, and bonus features like the freedom to daisy-chain and hot-swap. Use the chart to find the perfect match for your workflow and storage. View Chart

Windows Workflow

The ThunderBay 4 fully supports Windows workflows as well. Using Windows Storage Spaces you can pool the four internal drives together with support for all the Storage Spaces configuration options including the ability to add another ThunderBay 4 to expand your storage pool on the fly.

Quality you can trust

Like all OWC drives, the ThunderBay 4 is built to the highest ‭standards of reliability and performance and Thunderbolt Certified for Mac and Windows. Because 100% reliability is always the goal, the ThunderBay 4 is rigorously quality tested and ‭backed by our 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty plus award-winning, 24/7 customer ‭support.

Product Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • macOS 10.12 or later
  • Windows 10 or later

Hardware Requirements

  • Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt 3 interface
  • Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 interface1

Interface (Chipset)

  • (2) Thunderbolt 3 (Intel DSL6540)
  • (1) DisplayPort

Max Transfer Rate

  • Thunderbolt 3: 40 Gb/s (5000 MB/s)

JBOD / RAID Support

  • JBOD: Utilize each of the four drives independently
  • RAID: Use any Software RAID of your choice to setup the ThunderBay 4 for multi-drive performance or data redundancy
  • Includes SoftRAID Lite with support for RAID 0 and 1. Upgrade option for RAID 4, 5, 1+0 capability

Drives Supported

  • (4) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s drives or
  • (4) 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s drives2
    • SATA revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) compliant
    • Compatible with SATA revisions 2.0 (3Gb/s) and 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)

Kensington Lock Slot

  • Yes

LED

  • Yes (Power and disk activity)

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Plug and Play

  • Yes

Power

  • Power Supply
    • AC input: 100 - 230V

Environment

  • Environmental (Operating)
    • Temperature (°F) 50° — 95°
    • Temperature (°C) 10° — 35°
  • Environmental (Non-Operating)
    • Temperature (°F) −40° — 149°
    • Temperature (°C) −40° — 65°

Dimensions

  • Height: 7.0 in (177 mm)
  • Width: 5.3 in (135 mm)
  • Length: 9.6 in (245 mm)

Weight

  • 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs)
1. Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 compatibility requires a certified Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 (mDP) adapter and a Thunderbolt 2 cable. Compatibility will be at Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 speeds.
2. This enclosure is currently not compatible with Samsung 860 series SSDs. Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n TB3SRKIT0GB UPC#: 812437029666

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What We Do

The Case for buying an Integrated NAS System from SimplyNAS

Buying a NAS doesn't have to be complicated or stressful. This may only occur at times when looking to buy a diskless NAS as the risk element of receiving a faulty NAS or drives are accentuated. Nothing wrong in buying a diskless NAS and adding your own drives, the savings made may offset the inconvenience of receiving faulty NAS/Drives and having to go deal with returns, or does it? The argument against buying a diskless and self-populating with drives is quite compelling.

Disk Drives:

  • We ensure all drives are compatible with the relevant manufacturer, model provide conformity with the relevant compatibility guidelines.
  • All our disk drives are sourced from manufacturer recommended distributors – we don't buy aftermarket drives or purchase on open grey markets.
  • All our disk drives are sourced from manufacturer recommended distributors – we don't buy aftermarket drives or purchase on open grey markets.
  • Our comprehensive batch rotation ensures customer avoid batch issues and thus promote reliability and longevity.
  • Our methodology for configuration, setting RAID and in-depth burn testing process for disk drives and NAS servers is unsurpassable and the small premium paid for this service is worth its weight in gold.

Why buy your NAS from SimplyNAS - The NAS Experts

NAS Servers:

  • We are authorized partners for all the NAS servers we stock.
  • We only sell and support NAS solutions, as a specialist our knowledge is unsurpassable.
  • Our expertise within the technical arena for NAS servers, provides the glue for preventing our customers from making an incorrect buying decision, as we share our knowledge.
  • Our extensive and professional burn-testing service ensure the optimization and deployment of both NAS and Disk Drives is done to provide peace of mind and total integration.
  • Ready to use out of the box, no if's or buts.

SimplyNAS - The NAS Experts

Thinking of buying a NAS?

QNAP, Synology, Thecus and Drobo – Over fourteen Comprehensive years relationship culminating in our expertise of understanding all the NAS products, and skillfully combining performance, reliability and features to ensure our NAS experts are always at hand to help our customers optimize their storage needs.

At SimplyNAS we balance performance, reliability and compatibility to ensure customers get optimized NAS based disk solutions that perfectly match their Storage needs. All our pre-configured NAS systems are evenly balanced in the areas that really matter.
Call our NAS experts today at 407-960-4690

What is NASBIT?

What is NASBIT?

NASBIT© is a Licensed trademark of SimplyNAS. The acronym stands for Network Attached Storage Burn in Testing. This term is used to describe the process of testing new Network Attached Storage (NAS) hardware and firmware for faults before putting it to use in a live environment. This is done by running 'Stress testing' software for a stipulated period of time often 24 to 48 hours, but longer if needed.

When we receive an order for a NAS system pre-installed with disk drives it's prepared and configured with RAID followed by burn testing to ensure the entire system undergoes a thorough examination thus ensuring the server passes all tests to the highest standards set by us. Should the system hardware or any associated components fail at any point of the testing cycle the system is pulled and returned back as faulty our relevant vendor partner, the process seems simple but setting it up is far from easy.

Hard Disk Drives

All Hard disk drives are pre-tested prior to integration; the smallest of faults be it tolerable within industry standards are classified by us as faults, the hard drive is rejected and eliminated from the process and again returned back to source as a D.O.A. (dead on arrival). We continue to select drives from different batches, so as to eliminate any bad batches that may have been produced during manufacturing.

One integrated the drives are put through a vigorous routine that includes stress testing, including temperature tests and a host of read, writes to ensure the drive platters are stressed to the nth degree.

Memory

First, when the new server is turned on, we boot off of the network, and proceed to run the memory test that takes its sweet time, almost 10-12 hours dependent on manufacturer and model.

RAID

The appropriate RAID level is set and the system awaits completion of RAID synchronization. Once completed the NAS server undergoes numerous re-boots and a deletion of original RAID and a final re-build of RAID level again.

Why is NAS Burn in Testing (NASBIT©) necessary?

If within the designated time span the NAS servers are still running and with zero faults, it is considered suitable for rolling out to our customers. If there is a failure of any kind the systems is replaced with a new one, including hard drives and the process starts again, until the NAS servers passes with ZERO faults.

You would normally expect that this level of testing would be completed by the hardware manufacturers and so these tests shouldn't show up any faults. In our experience of testing hundreds of machines we do find faults, and we do send systems back.

The reason it is so important to perform this level of testing on NAS servers is that the uptime demands are so high. The slightest faults will cause outages and downtime. Once a NAS server is deployed, never again will you have the opportunity to take it offline and perform such detailed testing. Even if it were to crash, there is always a demand that it be put back online as quickly as possible, not left offline whilst thorough diagnostics are completed.

Always remember this is hardware and failures can and will occur even after burn testing has been carried, that is a fact of life we cannot avoid, but we do try and eliminate some of the hassle factor with testing. Thank you for buying from us, we truly appreciate your custom.


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OWC ThunderBay 4 Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 SR5 RAID-5 Storage Enclosure

Your Custom Configuration:
  • No Hard Drive
  • No RAID
  • No RAM Upgrade
  • No RAIL
  • No Network Card
  • No Warranty
  • No SSD Cache
  • No Cables
  • No QM2 Card
  • No M.2 SSD Modules
  • No Transceiver
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