It's been a while since Intel announced Thunderbolt, but now the first storage solution based on the new peripheral standard is finally available for purchase, if you can afford it.
Promise, one of the hardware vendors that participated along with LaCie in the Intel Thunderbolt event with demo products, announced today that it is now shipping the Pegasus line of high-performance RAID storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt technology. LaCie, on the other hand, says it will ship its own Thunderbolt device sometime this summer.
The line includes four- and six-bay external storage enclosures that offer between 4TB and 12TB of storage and support RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10.
Promise says the Pegasus solution comes with two Thunderbolt ports and a stylish aluminum casing with a smart fan for reduced system noise. It boasts a data transfer speed of up to 864MBps, some 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 8 times than FireWire 800.
The two four- and six-bay Pegasus storage solutions are available now with the prices ranging from $999 (4TB) to $1,999 (12TB).