G-Technology Expands Evolution Series Video and Photography Storage Technology at PhotoPlus Expo

For the past two years, G-Technology, a maker of storage solutions for video and photography, has worked on its Evolution Series of storage drives, creating a soup-to-nuts image storage solution that takes data from rugged environments in the field to a quick interface to speed the workflow in the editing suite.

At PhotoPlus Expo in New York, G-Technology extended the system’s capabilities to a lightweight one terabyte SSD drive in a modular cartridge that’s plug and play with the rest of the extensive system. It expands the system from a variety of other hard drive and SSD cartridges.

Greg Crosby, global senior product manager for G-Technology, had a sneak preview of the new drive at the show and said it will be available by the end of 2015.

G-Technology’s Evolution Series drives and accessories include a range of performance and rugged hard drives and SSD modules that can be used alone, with G|Dock ev docking solutions and the G|Speed Studio XL with two ev Series Bay adapters for fast Thunderbolt transfer.

“The Evolution ecosystem is all about flexible, scalable and assignable storage solutions,” said Crosby. “We have focused on optimizing a photographer’s or videographer's workflow. At the heart of these are 2.5 inch-based drive modules.

“We have a variety of different capacities and performance levels. They are general devices via USB 3.0 or they go into a variety of different docking solutions like our Thunderbolt docks. You can be out in the field traveling on a shoot and can bring the storage module back with you and plug it right into the dock and access the data over a Thunderbolt connection. The system is optimized for both stills and video.”

Greg Crosby, global senior product manager for G-Technology, holds new one terabyte SSD drive

Greg Crosby, global senior product manager for G-Technology, holds new one terabyte SSD drive

In the field, any Evolution storage cartridge can be ruggedized with a G|Drive ev ATC all-terrain case. “It provides a protective barrier around our ev drive modules and protects the drive while in the field. It offers water, shock and dust protection,” Crosby said. “The device can be submerged under a foot of water for 30 seconds and the data is protected. But even if you do drop it into water, it floats and can up to the surface in seconds.”

When the user returns for video or still image editing, the cartridge can be inserted into a series of Thunderbolt docks for quick editing. These range from a G|Speed Studio XL eight-bay dock with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity to a dual-bay hot swappable G|Dock ev system with Thunderbolt.

There are also other adapters and accessories for the system including a RED mini-mag edition series reader for RED cameras and SATA to Firewire adapters.

All G-Technology drives have aircraft-grade aluminum enclosures to protect data and to keep the drive cool. It acts as a heat sink for fanless drives and ensuring they are ultra-quiet.

Crosby said the Evolution range comprises rugged, portable bus-powered drives for location work, solid and versatile options for compressed and non-compressed HD post-production and ample storage options. Hard drives include ultra-reliable 7200RPM drives with RAID options and fast transfer.

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