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8 BAY Thunderbolt RAID TOWER

Thunderbolt -to- 6G SAS/SATA Solution 

Introducing the Areca ARC-8050 using the latest Thunderbolt technology, a revolutionary high-speed, dual protocol I/O technology designed for performance, simplicity and flexibility. The new ARC-8050  lets you move data between high resolution displays and high performance data devices on a single, compact port. Using a hardware Dual Core RAID engine and 1GB DDR3 ECC default cache, the ARC-8050 delivers outstanding performance unmatched by others.


 A revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-performance data devices and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. It sets new standards for speed, flexibility and simplicity. Thunderbolt gives you two channels on the same connector with 10Gbps of throughput in both directions, so you can move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than with Firewire 800.

With Thunderbolt technology, you finally have a way to get the same high performance storage to your laptop or just as likely to build a professional video setup around the latest Thunderbolt technology.  If you're a video editor, imagine using a single port to connect high-performance storage and transfer your media files reaching 800MB/s from just about any Thunderbolt enabled computer or laptop.


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  • 800Mhz Dual Core ROC for RAID core and SAS microcode

  • 1GB on Board DDR3-1333 SDRAM with ECC Proctection

  • Write-Through or Write-Back cache support

  • Redundant flash image for adapter availability

  • Battery Backup Module Ready (optional)


Built-In RAID Controller

  • RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD

  • Multiple RAID selection

  • Online array roaming

  • Online RAID level/stripe size migration

  • Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously

  • Online Volume set growth

  • Support global hot spare and local hot spare

  • Instant availability and background initialization

  • Automatic drive insertion / removal detection and rebuilding

  • Disk scrubbing / array verify scheduling for automatic repair of all configured RAID sets

  • Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend service life

  • Support NTP protocol to synchronize RAID controller clock over the on-board LAN port

Drive Support

  • Up to 8x 3.5" or 2.5" 6Gb/s SAS/SATA HDD or SSD

Model Number / Storage Capacity

  • ARC-8050 : Diskless

  • ARC-8050-8TB : 8x 1TB Drives

  • ARC-8050-16TB : 8x 2TB Drives

  • ARC-8050-24TB : 8x 3TB Drives

  • ARC-8050-32TB : 8x 4TB Drives

Host Connection

  • Two Thuderbolt Channels - Dual 10Gb/s per Channel

  • Simultaneous bi-directional, 10Gb/s transfers over a single cable

  • Dual-Protocol support (PCI Express and Display Port)

  • Compatible with existing Display Port devices

  • Daisy-Chain Support

Monitors / Notification

  • Environment and drive failure indication through LCD, LED and alarm buzzer

  • Keep silent and adequate air flow and cooling by intelligent variable speed cooling fan

  • Enclosure management ready

RAID Management

  • Field-upgradeable firmware in flash ROM

  • Firmware-embedded RAID manager via McBIOS setup and LCD2813198

  • Firmware-embedded browser based RAID manager, SMTP manager, SNMP agent and Telnet function via out-of-band 10/100 LAN port or in-band ARCHTTP utility

  • API library for customer to combine GUI with its own monitor utility

  • Command line Interface

OS Support

  • Mac OS X 10.6.x / 10.7.x / 10.8.x / 10.9.x

  • Windows 7/8 - *Install Driver First - Windows Driver Link


We back all our products with a 30 day money back guarantee and unlimited technical support in addition to our standard 1 Year Warranty or optional 3 Year Advanced Warranty Plans.


Each unit is personally assembled in the USA and built in our Chino, California Warehouse with the success of our customers in mind. While our products are designed to be trouble free, we realize that you may still need technical assistance from time to time, and we make it easy for you to access a real live person in our support team.


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