First announced at last month’s
Macworld Conference & Expo,
PlatinumRAID line of storage solutions is now shipping. They offer five hot-swappable 7200RPM ATA-6 hard drives with up to 1.5 Terabytes of capacity and speeds exceeding 68MB/second with parity protection; behind the drives sits a 64-bit RISC-based RAID controller. They come with FireWire 800 or Ultra160 SCSI interfaces, with transfer rates of 100MB and 160MB per second, respectively.
PlatinumRAID’s cases are made of lightweight aluminum, with the ability to stand horizontally or vertically, and they were designed with creative professionals in mind. They weigh less than 21 pounds and come with a carrying handle for easy transfer from one workstation to the next.
MicroNet currently offers six configurations: models with 600GB, 1.0TB, or 1.25TB, capacity are available now for US$1,995, $2,549, or $3,149, respectively; the price is the same whether you choose a FireWire or Ultra160 SCSI interface. The company told MacCentral that pricing for the 1.5TB models will be released next month.