February 22, 2011, Woodstock, IL

Other World Computing (OWC®) https://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 hardware RAID storage drive with massive 12TB of storage/backup in a desktop-sized brushed aluminum enclosure.

Featuring four 3TB high performance hard drives in four hot swappable drive bays, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB RAID storage drive offers the flexibility of a Quad Interface of FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA; four selectable Hardware RAID settings of 0, 1, 5, 10; and 300MB/s data transfer rates for high speed, Plug & Play storage and redundancy for Macs and PCs.

Built for Demanding Performance-Intensive Applications

The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is built for demanding performance-intensive applications, such as:

  • Cloud storage
  • Massive Scale Out (MSO)
  • Data warehousing & mining
  • Disk-to-disk backup & archiving
  • RAID arrays
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Audio/Video/HD-video editing.
  • Digital photography/graphics.
  • Professional music.
  • Redundant backup.

2 Million MTBF for Enterprise-Class High Reliability

Designed for 24/7 enterprise-class capacity-optimized applications, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 offers two million MTBF, nearly double the MTBF of consumer class drives, for unsurpassed reliability for critical enterprise applications. Pre-configured in Hardware RAID 5 mode to provide data redundancy for uninterrupted access and protection against data loss, the drive can also be automatically configured to use the other hardware RAID settings: 0, 1, or 10, as well as a Span (NRAID). Selecting and visually confirming the RAID setting is performed by a recessed selector switch safely located behind the lockable front panel.

Comprehensive Burn-in Testing Ensures Highest Reliability – Includes Five Year Warranty

Unlike most other brands that are shipped with little or no testing, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB as well as the full Qx2 line undergoes a multi-hour burn in performance certification procedure to ensure that the unit is operating properly and ready for demanding use.  With this unmatched commitment to quality, OWC backs the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 with an industry leading five year warranty.

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB desktop hardware RAID Features:

  • Four 3TB high performance hard drives for 12TB capacity.
  • Four separate interfaces: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB, & eSATA.
  • Four selectable hardware RAID settings: 0, 1, 5, 10.
  • Fast 300MB/s data transfer rates.
  • Two million MTFP for high reliability.
  • Extensively pre-tested for demanding use.
  • Front panel LEDs offer quick, at-a-glance system status.
  • All connection cables are included.
  • Removable Key Lock for extra security.
  • Five year warranty.

Pricing & Availability and Additional Drive Capacity Models

The 12TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is available immediately, priced at $2,219.99.  It includes cables for eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0/1.1, power cord, two keys for front panel lock, Backup and Utility software CD:  Intech® SpeedTools Utilities OEM, Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup, NovaStor NovaBACKUP®, Carbon Copy Cloner©, and Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed.  For more information on the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB, see:  https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/RAID/Desktop/

In addition, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is also available with various drive capacity options from 0TB (no drive included) to 12TB, starting from $479.99 see https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/RAID/Desktop/ for more info.

OWC Pro Corner Professional User Testimonials

Check out OWCs Pro Corner for information on how the pros use OWC drives in their work environment: https://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/procorner/

  • I love the fact that I can call at five oclock at night and its here the next morning. – Rick Nielson, musician, Cheap Trick®.
  • OWC drives are the only ones that never fail, flawless, perfect, and never a lemon. – Kerry Muzzey, American film and television composer.
  • We look for gear that were comfortable using.  That usually means that it works without failure.  Thats the Qx2. – Jim Dalrymple, original member, MacCentral.com.
  • I have never had one of your drives go down, ever!  Like, ever!  Ever, ever, ever! – Chris Vrenna, Grammy® award-winning producer.

About Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As an Apple Certified Developer, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net.  OWCs industry awards and recognition include: Crains Chicago Business 2009 Fast 50 List of 50

Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America list honoree 2007-2010; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award.

In March 2010, OWCs corporate campus was designated as LEED Platinum by the Green Building Certification Institute (https://eshop.macsales.com/green/index.html). Platinum is the highest achievable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program level, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. In September 2010, OWCs headquarters earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR rating for building operations that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

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