Inside Pro Data
It’s a fast Thunderbolt storage for M1 Macs, and works with every computer that includes a Thunderbolt port. Built by a team of hardware and software veterans, Pro Data delivers fast, durable storage that’s flexible and simple to use.
About Pro Data
Pro users such as video, photo and audio creators and software developers need a combination of cloud services and fast, reliable local storage for their most complex projects. And for the past decade, pros have been forced to choose between small but fast internal or external SSDs, or big, slow and bulky RAID arrays. The most complex projects often require both types of storage combined in a single configuration, along with cloud services and backups. Pro Data is a first all-NVMe all-SSD Thunderbolt RAID device that combines 12 NVMe SSDs and 8 Thunderbolt ports in a single form factor. It allows pros to get their work done faster, rethink workflows and setups, and simplify how they protect their important assets.
Pro Data is powerful, with Thunderbolt storage performance up to 5GB/s. It’s the fastest Thunderbolt storage for M1 Macs, and the fastest Thunderbolt storage available for any computer. Multiple Thunderbolt connections can be combined transparently to boost performance using the company’s Thunderbolt NVMe Multipathing design. And creative assets are protected at all times, using transactional RAID-6, checksums, and encryption worthy of a powerful enterprise storage devices.
M.2 NVMe SSD
Pro Data has storage capacities of 12TB and 24TB. It’s up to 3x the storage capacity of a large built-in SSDs available in computers. With the flexibility of Thunderbolt daisy-chaining and firm’s 4 independent Thunderbolt port pairs, many Pro Data devices can be connected to a single computer, for almost infinite expansion. Media professionals working with huge image files, 4K and 6K video resolutions, multi-hour music scores, vast photographic collections and software projects, can store all the assets for the most complex projects on Pro Data. And it is compatible with existing filesystems and applications.
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Pro Data supports connecting up to 4 computers simultaneously, and dividing its NVMe SSD storage pool into distinct and dynamic containers with configurable passwords, encryption keys, RAID levels, and filesystem formats. Using the company’s Storage Handoff technology, containers can 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 unauthorized access. Pro Data combines flexibility and features with a simple, native macOS user interface for managing all of its features.
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Designed for repair
Pro Data is ‘Designed for Repair’ through a combination of industrial design considerations, product technologies, the iodyne Cloud, a free extended warranty, and open repair documentation. The company knows that investment in storage lasts far beyond the lifetime of an individual computer. Pro Data’s service panel unlocks with 2 standard screws and allows access and replacement of all the individual SSDs. The software provides remote telemetry on storage health back to the iodyne Cloud, which then dispatches spare parts automatically when needed. Users are empowered 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 12 and 24TB capacities at the company’s website. It is a fast Thunderbolt storage for M1 Macs, and a fast Thunderbolt RAID array. Use it to redesign your next setup, or supercharge your existing one. First orders ship January 3, 2022. Mac support is available, and Linux and Windows Beta programs are available.
Founded in 2018 in Menlo Park, CA, iodyne is a recent start-up out of stealth mode that designed a fast Thunderbolt storage subsystem for M1 Macs, Pro Data, priced at $3,950 for 12TB and $7,500 for 24TB, for video, photo and audio creators, and software developers.
The two founders are:
- Mike Shapiro not on linkedin, and
- Jeff Bonwick, co-president, specialist of ZFS, formerly VP and CTO, DSSD, Dell EMC, for around 8 years, after being co-founder and CTO of DSSD, Inc. from 2010 to 2014, VP and senior architect at Oracle in 2010, and starting as Sun Microsystems' fellow for 20 years from 1990.
The company has 5 employees and generates $427,902 in sales, according to dun&bradstreet.