How do you take an inherently expensive piece of technology and make it more affordable? If you’re AngelBird, you split it into four different pieces and sell them one by one.
The new units start at just $239, just 16GB of storage space. A 32GB model is also available. The genius of the idea is that the product can be combined, one after the other, to increase both storage and transfer speeds. As customers can afford it, more memory cards can be purchased – or, additionally, the ArchWings 4x PCI-e card can take “just about any 2.5-inch SSD on the market.”
As a result, if the Wings card is completely populated with SSDs, it can achieve throughput speeds of roughly 1GB/s. Moreover, up to four of these cards can be joined to create a storage bank that offers over 4GB of data transmissions per second. It’s pretty fast stuff.
Starting in November, the units will come pre-loaded with a variant of Unix customized by AngelBird called Virtue OS. It allows for easier configuration of the assorted RAID arrays and OS boot options.
AngelBird chairman David Rutigliano mentioned that it would also be possible to rip an OS X image to the AngelBird card, add in drivers and the RAID controls, then boot the ISO and install the software directly to the associated SSDs.