Akitio Thunder3 RAID Station
All-In-One Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock with RAID Storage
Expand the capabilities of your laptop and declutter your workspace with the Thunder3 RAID Station. This solution combines four essential functions every laptop user needs into one product, giving you additional storage space, providing you with important interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB and DisplayPort, recharging your battery and reading your SD cards. All this is built into a single product that connects to your laptop with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.
- Thunderbolt 3 for lightning fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
- Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices
- Power delivery provides up to 27W of power to recharge compatible laptops
- Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports with Type-A connectors for older USB devices
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet port supporting auto-negotiation for 1G, 100M, 10M
- Hardware RAID controller (RAID 0, RAID 1, SPAN, Non-RAID)
- Tool-less drive installation for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
- Cooling fan with power switch for noiseless operation
- Dedicated DisplayPort for additional 4K monitor
- Built-in SD card reader
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.
The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 RAID Station operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Host Ports
The two USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports make it easy to connect your USB devices that come with a Type-A connector to your laptop. Instead of buying an adapter or new cables, simply plug your existing USB devices into the Thunder3 RAID Station and you are all set.
Gigabit Ethernet Port
The Gigabit Ethernet interface is ideal for notebooks that require reliable, accelerated access to external storage and networks for I/O demanding applications but typically lack 1GbE connectivity or the capability to deploy an internal PCIe network card (NIC).
The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace. This video output capability requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the computer and will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
SD Card Reader
A card reader for your SD cards exactly where you need it. Plug in your card and backup your media files straight to the external drive.
Hardware RAID Controller
Optimized for every environment
With the built-in hardware RAID controller, the choice is all yours! You can mirror the drives with RAID 1 as a reliable backup for your important data, you can stripe the drives with RAID 0 for optimal performance and maximum speed or you can select SPAN to combine the drives for extra large storage capacities.
OS independent RAID set
A big advantage of the built-in hardware RAID controller is that the RAID set is OS independent, so the storage drive can be moved from one system to the other with ease. Because the RAID set is managed inside the Thunder3 RAID Station, there is nothing else do be set up on the computer.
2-Lane PCIe to SATA controller
The PCIe to SATA controller makes use of two PCIe lanes. When using Non-RAID, this makes it possible for a single SSD to run at full SATA 6Gb/s speeds and deliver transfer rates in read over 500MB/s.
The transfer speeds for this benchmark were obtained using the AJA System Test tool with 4GB test files at 5K resolution. These results closely reflect the real-world performance but the actual transfer rates can vary depending on the test environment.
For traditional spinning hard disk drives (HDDs), depending on the RPM, the maximum transfer rate for a single drive is around 200 MB/s. When using two drives in a striped RAID set (RAID 0), the maximum transfer rate is therefore somewhere around 300-400 MB/s.
For solid state drives (SSDs), the maximum transfer rate of a single drive is around 500 MB/s and when installed in the Thunder3 RAID Station, the SSD can run at full SATA 6Gb/s speeds. When using two drives in a striped RAID set (RAID 0), the maximum transfer rate is around 700-800 MB/s. For even higher transfer rates, please consider using the AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad Mini with four SSDs or the Node Lite with a PCIe SSD instead.
No Matter What Your Workflow Is, ATTO Provides the Storage Connectivity for 4K, 8K and Beyond
For 30 years, ATTO Technology, Inc., has been a global leader across the media & entertainment market, specializing in storage and network connectivity and infrastructure solutions for the most data-intensive computing environments. In this time, ATTO has engineered their products to stand unparalleled with anything else in their class, like ATTO Celerity™ Gen 6 32Gb and 16Gb Fibre Channel HBAs and ATTO FastFrame™ 10GbE and 40GbE Ethernet Adapters. These products improve the accessibility to hours of film at lightning speeds, data transferability for the most demanding workflows, and sustainability for the highest throughput rates for the needs of 4K Ultra High-definition video post-production workflows. ATTO is the Power Behind the Storage.
Never Drop a Frame
ATTO Advanced Data Streaming (ADS™) Technology is built into all FastFrame™ Ethernet Adapters and Celerity™ FC HBAs, providing controlled acceleration of data transfers to move large amounts of data faster and more efficiently. It maintains the highest consistent performance with the most reliable connection of servers and workstation to storage in physical and virtual environments. There’s no better way to manage latency in real-time environments for smooth data streaming with no dropped frames, than with ADS Technology.
Connect Workstations to Enterprise-Class Storage
ATTO MultiPath Director™ is a specialized multipathing driver incorporated into Celerity™ Fibre Channel HBAs, which enables Linux®, Windows®, or Mac® workstations and/or servers to connect to enterprise-class storage. This improves overall Fibre Channel SAN efficiency with consistent, uninterrupted access to your data through failover and load balancing protection, as it ensures deadlines are met through high availability access to data for multiple users. This technology gives multiple workstations, or servers, continual access the same ‘pool’ of storage at real time and simultaneous access to data. By using MultiPath Director, it gives workgroups and single users the ability to create efficient workflows that save time and money, while dramatically increasing a project’s time to completion.
- Lower power consumption (1/3 lower than competitors)
- Driver support for macOS®, Windows and multiple Linux distributions
- Lowest latency and highest throughput for data storage and servers
- Fastest access to data between workstations and servers
- Interoperability with many other products, systems and software for media & entertainment
- End users get the best-in-industry performance with this proven technology
- The best connectivity for macOS, the platform of choice for media content professionals