The 16TB 8-Bay CineRAID Enclosure with Thunderbolt from Areca is a compact tower with eight 2TB Enterprise-level 3.5" 6Gb/s SATA hard drives installed. To ensure the host computer receives all the speed advantages of a high speed RAID array the ARC-8050 uses Thunderbolt, which supports up to 10 Gb/s data throughput, to interface with the host computer. 10 Gb/s is fast enough that multiple RAID arrays can be daisy chained without a performance bottleneck, which is why the ARC-8050 features two Thunderbolt ports. The array also has an Ethernet port for simple device management through a connected computers web browser.
Thanks to the ARC-8050's dual-core 800 Mhz processor and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM no external RAID controller is needed on the host computer, this makes set-up easier and allows the ARC-8050 to work with computers without PCIE slots like workstation laptops and all-in-one desktops. The ARC-8050 also works with PC and Mac computers with Thunderbolt Ports.
The eight hard drives can be configured in virtually any RAID level, including RAID 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk, or JBOD. Depending on what level is used, the maximum speed and formatted capacity of the RAID array will vary. Multiple RAID level options allow the user to select the best balance of data protection and speed that the task requires. Two brushless cooling fans also help protect against drive failure by keeping everything cool.