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PROMISE Unveils VTrak x30 Series RAID

PROMISE Technology announced its new VTrak x30 Series RAID subsystem for Apple’s Mac OS X.

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PROMISE Unveils All-New VTrak x30 Series to Deliver Unparalleled High-Performance Storage to AV, Media & Post Production Pros

Mac OS X Qualified RAID Storage Showcased at NAB, April 11-14

MILPITAS, Calif. – April 11, 2011 – PROMISE Technology Inc., a leading supplier of versatile RAID storage solutions catering to customers from enterprise to consumer, announced availability of the VTrak® x30 Series, a qualified storage solution for Apple’s Mac OS X. This new addition to the PROMISE family of high-performance storage solutions, the x30 features 8G FC ports, providing up to 2.5x the video streaming performance over the previous generation VTrak series and up to a 4x increase in raw performance.

The x30 Series leverages Intel Xeon C3500 processors and is fully tested with Mac OS X, Xsan and Final Cut Studio for the ultimate in post production technology solutions. For the entry to mid-range markets looking to gain an edge, the VTrak x30 Series is the perfect solution when balancing performance, scalability, capacity and reliability to provide enterprise-class features at an entry-level price point.

“The VTrak x30 Series joins the VTrak Ex10 as a qualified Mac OS X solution and the foundation for Mac users’ storage infrastructure,” said James Lee, CEO and president of PROMISE Technology. “The x30 Series is the culmination of over two decades of RAID experience and delivers incredible performance, reliability and expandability to the AV and media & entertainment professional.”

Customers Praise Performance, Availability and Speed
“The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly imposed novel requirements on the data processing and distribution we use to improve our understanding of the physics behind the activity displayed by the Sun’s atmosphere,” said Dr. Neal Hurlburt, from the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, NASA. “The enhanced bandwidth of the new PROMISE systems at a lower effective price point makes our transactions of the sun’s atmosphere both manageable and affordable. It dropped right into our existing SAN based on the previous generation.”

“PROMISE has provided us a comprehensive solution with unmatched performance, availability and speed for our massive archival project,” said Matt Winston, co-founder, Stan Winston School of Character Arts. “We have implemented VTrak x30s into the heart of our workflow, allowing us to expand our capability as a virtual school, while simultaneously giving us a robust and secure solution for our priceless film archives.”

“We have trusted Promise for years as our provider of high end storage, so when the new x30 series was announced, it was a very easy decision for us to upgrade,” said Marc Zeltzer, director of technology, Oasis Imagery. “We can trust that Promise delivers the high-quality performance and stability that our clients demand in the most advanced 2D and 3D stereoscopic workflows.”

Highlights of the VTrak x30 Series

• Massively scalable up to 272TB raw capacity;
• Stellar uptime and reliability;
• Industry leading exponentially faster performance;
• 2 GB/s sequential writes, 5.5 GB/s sequential reads;
• Up to 2.5x performance gains in video editing environments;
• Enhanced cache mirroring designs improve write performance for ingests;
• Scalable video performance with expansion support up to 3 expansion chassis for a total of 144TB;
• Exploiting the next-generation Intel Xeon C3500 Series processors;
• Support for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Xsan & StorNext;
• Sleeker and easier to use management interface;
• Energy efficient, power saving technology;
• 3-year warranty with onsite Next Business Day support; and,
• Out of box support with zero software install required.

PROMISE VTrak x30 Series also reduces power consumption, requires less cooling and offers a smaller profile chassis for an easy fit in racks under twenty inches.

PROMISE will be showcasing the x30 Series along with other products at 2011 NAB at the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 11 – 14, 2011 at Hall S1 Booth SL2809.

Pricing and Availability
PROMISE VTrak x30 will be available this week from the Apple Store ( and authorized resellers worldwide and starts at $11,999.

About PROMISE Technology, Inc.
With a long history of innovation, PROMISE Technology develops and manufactures sophisticated RAID solutions recognized worldwide, ranging from a complete line of RAID controller cards to FC/iSCSI/SAS/SATA RAID subsystems. Catering to enterprise, mid-range, entry-level consumer data protection needs, PROMISE products are distinguished by their Unified Common RAID Core and management software and unparalleled support. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., PROMISE has operations throughout Asia and Europe. To keep informed on PROMISE, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit PROMISE Technology’s website at for additional information.