Western Digital Prices My Book Thunderbolt Duo Storage Systems
Western Digital finally announced pricing and availability for their My Book Thunderbolt Duo storage systems.
The My Book Thunderbolt Duo systems — first announced at Macworld 2012 — contain two hard drives in a RAID configuration (0,1, JBOD options) within a single enclosure allowing for storage capacities up to 6TB. The systems can be daisy chained together via Thunderbolt (two ports on each enclosure) to create a single blazing fast logical drive. The drives are user-serviceable too, which means you can upgrade the hard-drives if you need more speed or capacity or swap out defective drives without sacrificing the entire enclosure.
However, the new Thunderbolt capable My Book Duo’s demand a $200 premium over non-Thunderbolt options. The pricing for the 4TB enclosure is $599.99, and the 6TB enclosure is $699.99 and both are available now online.
While the price premium does seem a little steep, the potential performance increase by daisy chaining a few of these drives together is incredible, especially compared to business solutions that can cost somewhere in the realm of $10,000 for similar setups.
These drives won’t replace enterprise and business server solutions, but for performance hungry independent video editors and producers, the benefit of having a high performance raid-array for under $3,000 isn’t too shabby. Still, as the number of Thunderbolt capable accessories (especially storage solutions) increases prices will hopefully begin to reflect the competition in the marketplace.