This morning Apple finally announced availability of its first Thunderbolt cable alongside Promise's Pegasus external RAID solution. We've previewed the Pegasus in the past but today we received a shipping model of the 6-bay 12TB.

The packaging isn't quite as nice as what we're used to from Apple, but the device inside is really what matters. The R6 comes with six removable drive bays capable of accepting both 2.5" and 3.5" drives. 

There are two LEDs per drive bay as well as power and Thunderbolt LEDs on the left side of the device:

The Pegasus is audible thanks to its six hard drives and two fans, but it's not what I'd consider loud.

Promise is announcing availability of four different configurations of the Pegasus available via Apple's online store:

Promise Pegasus Lineup
  # of Bays Drive Configuration Default Capacity Price
Promise Pegasus R4 4TB 4 4 x 1TB RAID-5 2.7TB $999
Promise Pegasus R4 8TB 4 4 x 2TB RAID-5 5.7TB $1499
Promise Pegasus R6 6TB 6 6 x 1TB RAID-5 4.7TB $1499
Promise Pegasus R6 12TB 6 6 x 2TB RAID-5 9.7TB $1999

All of the available Pegasus systems ship with 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, although Promise mentioned that we will may see SSD enabled configurations in the future. The 12TB R6 we received uses six Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB drives (HDS723020BLA642) in a 9.7TB RAID-5 configuration. The 7K3000 spins its four platters at 7200RPM and buffers data with a 64MB on-board cache. The drive has a 6Gbps SATA interface although the Pegasus R4/R6 supports SAS drives as well. All of the Pegasus devices ship in RAID 5 however they do support RAID-0/1/5/50/6/10.

I had no problems creating data on the Pegasus array at up to 688MB/s

The 2 meter Thunderbolt cable is also finally available at $49.99. The cable is compatible with all 2011 MacBook Pros as well as the 2011 iMac.

We'll be testing the Pegasus R6 over the coming days, stay tuned for our review!

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  • dagamer34 - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    Hopefully will come and save the day.
  • quiksilvr - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    They usually do.
  • Zap - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    No kidding! Wonder if there are any licensing fees for the cable/connector/tech?
  • greenbelt - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - link

    It should be avialable to all OEM vendors.
  • Ninhalem - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    Ouch. $50 for a 2 m cable. That price is steep. I'll wait till Monoprice gets some of these cables in stock.
  • seapeople - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - link

    If you're buying a $1500 6-bay hard drive enclosure does spending $50 on a cable really matter so much that you would delay your purchase?
  • Pessimism - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    Suprised Apple partnered with Promise... they don't exactly have a stellar reputation for quality or performance. I still fondly recall the Athlon XP days where glitchy Promise raid controllers with terrible drivers were eating people's data for breakfast.
  • davegraham - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    even about when Promise nuked Carbonite's data? ;)
  • CharonPDX - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    It's amazing how things change in a decade, really...

    Yes, I have my own industry prejudices, but I've had to overcome them. (IBM Deathstar, anyone?)
  • name99 - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    How is this an Apple partnership?
    Neither making Mac peripherals nor having your hardware sold in Apple stores require "partnerships", unless you plan to weaken the term so much that it is meaningless.

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