Promise debuts first internal hard drive sleds for new Mac Pro

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Storage specialists Promise Technology has unveiled a pair of internal bays for the Mac Pro, designed to mount up to four hard drives internal to the new computer.

Promise Pegasus R4i for new Mac Pro
Promise Pegasus R4i for new Mac Pro


The Pegasus R4i is a RAID module for the MPX Expansion slot. It contains four swappable modules that contain four 7200 RPM hard drives from Promise, pre-formatted. The unit is powered by the MPX bay power header.

The Pegasus J2i is a more conventional drive sled. Promise calls it a "direct-attach internal storage enclosure" and will ship with one SATA hard dive pre-formatted, with the ability to add a second drive. It appears at present that the J2i will connect with SATA cables to the internal header in the new Mac Pro, with what Promise calls a "custom internal cable assembly."

Both the drives and the sleds are covered by Promise's three-year warranty.

Promise J2i for new Mac Pro
Promise J2i for new Mac Pro


AppleInsider has requested pricing, with none presently available. The company says that both the modules will be available later in 2019 at the Apple Store, resellers, and Promise's distributors.
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  • Reply 1 of 24
    dougddougd Posts: 290member
    I can't imagine anyone wanting to put spinning disks in this computer. 
  • Reply 2 of 24
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 370member
    dougd said:
    I can't imagine anyone wanting to put spinning disks in this computer. 
    There's a rack mount version coming. The RAID would still provide plenty of bandwidth for a file server or archive system.

    It's too bad Apple has do heavily deprecated the Server app.
    ElCapitan
  • Reply 3 of 24
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    ttollertondee_deedysamorialorin schultz
  • Reply 4 of 24
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,752member
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    jmey267chiaStrangeDaysgregoriusmcintosfastasleepnetroxwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 24
    ttollertonttollerton Posts: 205member
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Literally laughing out loud, as I was thinking the exact same thing.  Anything associated with the new Mac Pro should be jacked by 50% premium.  
    chemengin1
  • Reply 6 of 24
    jmey267jmey267 Posts: 53member
    sflocal said:
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    I did and built a HP Z8 workstation with as close to possible components and the price came out to $8400. He is correct! try it for yourself.
    gregoriusmSpamSandwich
  • Reply 7 of 24
    dee_deedee_dee Posts: 19member
    sflocal said:
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    Lighten up, I think he was referring to the $999 stand.  Regardless it was a funny joke.  I hope there's going to be an SSD option.
    dysamoria1STnTENDERBITSchemengin1
  • Reply 8 of 24
    jr_bjr_b Posts: 64member
    I can't afford it either...
    dysamoria
  • Reply 9 of 24
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 2,350member
    sflocal said:
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    Another apologist post to defend Apple against legitimate criticism. The joke was clearly at the expense of the stupidly expensive display stand.
    1STnTENDERBITSchemengin1
  • Reply 10 of 24
    thisisasjthisisasj Posts: 64member
    sflocal said:
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    Why is it so upsetting when people express how much they do or do not want Apple products? Literally nothing Apple makes is necessary in living a long, healthy life. Therefore if someone wants to spend thousands of dollars buying whatever they want, what is the problem? If it was your money and you were paying the bills then and only then would you have a say.
    chemengin1
  • Reply 11 of 24
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 837member
    thisisasj said:
    sflocal said:
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    Why is it so upsetting when people express how much they do or do not want Apple products? Literally nothing Apple makes is necessary in living a long, healthy life. Therefore if someone wants to spend thousands of dollars buying whatever they want, what is the problem? If it was your money and you were paying the bills then and only then would you have a say.
    I disagree. I think we should criticize people who spend money in ways we don't approve. I could criticize people who buy lottery tickets. Or who smoke. Or who buy alcohol. Or who take vacations. Or who watch sports. Or who watch TV or listen to music. Or who buy overpriced Apple products. All of these things are condemnable by some measures. We could even pass a constitutional amendment to ban some of the worst items, like the consumption of alcohol. Oh, wait.
    JustSomeGuy1
  • Reply 12 of 24
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,314member
    dee_dee said:
    sflocal said:
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    Lighten up, I think he was referring to the $999 stand.  Regardless it was a funny joke.  I hope there's going to be an SSD option.
    You can get various kinds of SSD storage on PCIe cards (SATA, M3, etc), I assume any of those would work here. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 24
    z3r0z3r0 Posts: 231member
    What would be great is if a third party would release a new chassis to put the components of the new Mac Pro in (logic board etc....) and allow you to expand it to add modular bays in the front along with more ports. Really don’t know why Apple didn’t add two bays in the front to swap out modular drives or IO etc...

    For example a dual SSD drive bay to insert SSD drives straight from a camera to ingest or to clone SSD drives etc...




    Tons of other drive modules would have been great (LTO 8, media card reader, Ethernet ports, LED/LCD display for computer info, IO ports, super drive, etc...)

  • Reply 14 of 24
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 1,151member
    Given this is design to slot in the PCIe area of the machine why not go and include a PCIe raid and drive interface as well, instead of a header cable to plug in serperately?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 24
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,314member
    z3r0 said:
    What would be great is if a third party would release a new chassis to put the components of the new Mac Pro in (logic board etc....) and allow you to expand it to add modular bays in the front along with more ports. Really don’t know why Apple didn’t add two bays in the front to swap out modular drives or IO etc...

    For example a dual SSD drive bay to insert SSD drives straight from a camera to ingest or to clone SSD drives etc...

    Tons of other drive modules would have been great (LTO 8, media card reader, Ethernet ports, LED/LCD display for computer info, IO ports, super drive, etc...)

    Isn't that what the two TB3 ports on top are for?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 24
    DuhSesameDuhSesame Posts: 726member
    I wonder if there are needs for both the graphics cards and massive internal storage together, as this would take one card out for 32TB of HDD.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 24
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 5,007administrator
    mattinoz said:
    Given this is design to slot in the PCIe area of the machine why not go and include a PCIe raid and drive interface as well, instead of a header cable to plug in serperately?
    The four-bay one goes in the PCI-e area and has some kind of interface. The latter two-bay one with the custom cable harness looks like it goes above the PCI-e area, in the open space.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 24
    sphericspheric Posts: 1,799member
    I appreciate that the fad of using the verb "out" to mean "release" or "announce" seems to have finally passed. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 24
    dee_dee said:
    sflocal said:
    May as well charge $1,000. Get into the swing of things.
    Another ignorant post.

    Configure another workstation with exactly the same hardware and and specs.  Come back when reality hits you in the head.
    Lighten up, I think he was referring to the $999 stand.  Regardless it was a funny joke.  I hope there's going to be an SSD option.
    I was indeed thinking about the monitor stand!
  • Reply 20 of 24
    YP101YP101 Posts: 70member
    jr_b said:
    I can't afford it either...
    Yes you can. $6000+tax can be paid as 2 years no interest ended up $250+tax per month,
    Which I think not that bad.
    I think Best buy and other retail store will give you 36 months no interest deal for this product.($166.67 + tax per month)

    iMac Pro comes with 5K panel but not easy to upgrade anything..

    If you want easy upgrade ability then Mac Pro is only choice at this point.
    I am waiting on rackmount version.

    I wonder next year iMac refresh design will take same XDR monitor case.
    I think iMac Pro might take that design and if give us back door open to easy upgrade then I would buy iMac Pro.
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