iodyne launches Pro Data, a 12 NVMe SSD solution with 8 Thunderbolt ports

iodyne’s Pro Data is a storage device that holds 12 NVMe SSDs and has eight Thunderbolt ports for video editors, photographers, audio engineers, and workgroup users who need massive storage space combined with the highest possible throughput. Pro Data works with any computer that has a Thunderbolt port, but is the most useful when paired with M1 Macs.

Pro Data was conceived and built by an expert team of hardware and software veterans with more than 20 years designing expertise. iodyne’s founders Mike Shapiro and Jeff Bonwick are responsible for some of the industry’s leading enterprise storage systems, including the ZFS filesystem and Hybrid Disk/SSD ZFS Storage System, the NVMe Fabrics protocol, the industry-first NVMe pooled storage and industry-first 100GB/s DSSD Storage System.

Pro Data is currently a unique solution for a common problem that mainly hits users who need as much performance as they can get and the flexibility to quickly switch from single user to workgroup operation. The traditional way to accomplish that has been to work with NAS or SAN servers for the workgroup part and bulky RAID systems for the performance part. As far as I know, the latter always hits the limit of a Thunderbolt port’s 40Gbps speed limit. Iodyne’s Pro Data, however, isn’t a NAS or a SAN and runs circles around the 40Gbps performance dam.

Pro Data is touted the first all-NVMe all-SSD Thunderbolt RAID device that combines 12 NVMe SSDs and eight (8) Thunderbolt ports in a single enclosure the size and thickness of a somewhat sturdy laptop. The solution has breakthrough Thunderbolt storage performance up to 5 GB/s and the company claims it is the fastest Thunderbolt storage for M1 Macs, and the fastest Thunderbolt storage available for any computer.

It could be a marketing exaggeration, were it not that Pro Data for the first time combines multiple Thunderbolt connections transparently to boost performance, a feat that iodyne designed a breakthrough Thunderbolt NVMe Multipath technology for. This technology lets you hook up one Pro Data to two Thunderbolt ports on your machine, doubling the number of Thunderbolt channels and, as a result, almost doubling the throughput speed.

Pro Data comes in two storage capacities of 12TB and 24TB. That’s a lot of assets to lose if the unit fails or to be stolen, so iodyne ensured the data is seamlessly protected at all times, using transactional RAID-6, checksums, and encryption.

The flexibility that also accommodates workgroups comes from the ability to daisychain multiple Pro Data units on the four independent Thunderbolt port pairs to a single computer. Bu that’s not the end of it. Pro Data also supports connecting up to four (4) computers simultaneously, dividing its NVMe SSD storage pool into distinct and dynamic containers with configurable passwords, encryption keys, RAID levels, and filesystem formats.

Units come with iodyne’s Storage Handoff technology that allows containers to be handed off in real time between collaborating computers in a workgroup with one click. Data in containers is encrypted using a hardware Secure Enclave for key storage, and optionally password-protected to prevent unauthorised access.

Finally, Pro Data has been designed for repair through a combination of industrial design considerations, product technologies, the iodyne Cloud, a free Extended Warranty, and open repair documentation.

Pro Data’s service panel unlocks with two standard screws and allows easy access and replacement of all the individual SSDs. iodyne’s software provides remote telemetry on storage health back to the iodyne Cloud, which then dispatches spare parts automatically when needed. Users are allowed and encouraged to repair their own devices, with all data protected by transactional RAID-6, and automatically refreshed and protected before, during, and after repairs.

Pro Data is available for order in 12TB (3950 USD) and 24TB (7500 USD) capacities at iodyne.com. First orders ship Jan 3, 2022. Mac support is available immediately, and Linux and Windows Beta programs are available.