updated 10:35 am EDT, Tue June 28, 2011
Apple tries to promote Thunderbolt ecosystem
Apple today put several new Thunderbolt-related products on sale through its online store. Among these is a first-party Thunderbolt cable, measuring 2 meters or approximately 6.56 feet. The accessory costs $49, but can be used for Target Disk Mode between two Macs, or to connect peripherals such as monitors (including iMacs) or backup drives.
Elsewhere Apple has begun selling Thunderbolt-capable external RAID systems by Promise. The Pegasus R4 is by default equipped with four 1TB hard drives, with the option of bumping capacity up to 2TB per drive. It has a maximum data throughput of 500MBps, and supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 50, 6 and 10 configurations. Despite the presence of two Thunderbolt ports and a base pricetag of $999, there is no bundled Thunderbolt cable. An 8TB RAID jumps in cost to $1,499.
The Pegasus R6 is largely identical to the R4 except for two key differences. It is first of all a six-bay system, raising capacities to 6TB and 12TB at prices of $1,499 and $1,999, respectively. Performance also peaks higher, in excess of 800MBps.