OWC Introduces Flex 1U4 4-Bay Thunderbolt Rackmount Docking and Storage Solution | Illinois


WOODSTOCK, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 29, 2022–

OWC®, the leading zero-emission Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of Memory, external drives, SSDs, Mac and PC docking solutions, network storage, and Performance Upgrade Kits, announce the OWC Flex 1U4 4-bay Thunderbolt rack docking and storage solution. The OWC Flex 1U4 is a highly flexible, professional-grade 4-bay Thunderbolt docking and storage solution for powerful new rackmount workflow possibilities. Use a combination of 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA/SAS and U.2/M.2 NVMe drives in the hot-swappable drive bays. Connect hardware and charge mobile devices with Thunderbolt and USB ports. Add audio/video capture, 10Gb Ethernet network, SSD storage, hardware RAID card or I/O card to the PCIe slot.

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Since the launch of the OWC ThunderBay desktop storage line in 2014, computer users around the world have continued to fall in love with it. They embrace its massively powerful RAID capability and intense performance powered by proven OWC reliability. Its appeal skyrocketed when it was infused with the industry’s first FLEXibility to create ThunderBay Flex 8.

Now businesses, institutions, studios and creatives can go beyond the desktop with the OWC Flex 1U4. This innovative 4-bay rackmount solution is ready to power your efforts with the best combination of storage capacity, Thunderbolt transfer performance, drive flexibility, and device expandability. With FLEX in its name, you can rely on the OWC Flex 1U4 to be a game changer in rackmount workflow.

Ready for the future

The OWC Flex 1U4 extends its useful life and maximizes your investment in the future by not locking you into an inflexible single-tasking design. When your workflow needs to change, the “FLEXpandability” of the OWC Flex 1U4 adapts easily. Add new drives, connect different peripherals, and install a PCIe card of your choice, such as a 10Gb Ethernet network card or the ultra-fast card OWC Accelsior 4M2 Solid State Drive for expanded performance storage capacity.

Ideal for all rackmount environments

The OWC Flex 1U4 is like an integrated productivity supercharger for new or existing rack environments powered by a Mac Pro rack, PC rack, MacBook Pro, laptop or even a Mac mini. Whether you build your custom reader and card configuration or select one of our convenient out-of-the-box solutions, the OWC Flex 1U4 is ideal in a wide variety of settings:

At school: perfect for taming ever-growing collections of digital files with easy integration and future disk capacity and performance scalability.

At work: add Thunderbolt speed and swappable drives to server cabinets, server rooms, or colocation center backup capabilities.

On the scene: handle all the storage and peripheral connectivity needs front-room professionals need for live performance.

On the tray : easily integrates into mobile DIT carts to capture high-resolution, multi-stream, full-frame rate footage while daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt devices.

In studio: expand fixed rack storage and connectivity options.

At home: ideal for installers creating a high performance home entertainment server cabinet.

Designed for U.2

A feature of the OWC FLEX technology is the ability to use U.2 NVMe SSDs and the OWC ecosystem of U.2 drives and adapters. U.2 NVMe drives are specifically designed to maximize the PCIe bus, and when combined with Thunderbolt, you’ll go fast with a true transfer speed of up to 2750MB/s. Whether you’re using your rackmount setup to full massive backups, streaming content during a live performance, editing large format video, or running transactional and complex computing applications, you can use U.2 drives with the OWC Flex 1U4.

A complete ecosystem for exchange and sharing

The OWC Flex 1U4 follows the flow when moving data outside or beyond the local network. With the OWC U.2 ecosystem, moving and sharing data is quick and easy. Exchange and ship a project from field to publication in video production workflows. Move backup data to offline colocation for backup workflows. The combination of OWC Flex 1U4 and the OWC U.2 ecosystem opens up a new dimension of data transfer possibilities.

OWC U2 ShuttleOne: Convert an NVMe M.2 “blade” style SSD to a replaceable 2.5-inch U.2 SSD with peace of mind that your drive – and its contents – are protected by the heat-dissipating, all-metal adapter.

Shuttle OWC U2: Combine four NVMe M.2 SSDs into the world’s first 3.5-inch U.2 Carrier Shuttle to create a massive capacity swappable RAID solution.

OWC Helios 3S with exchange system: Build an external Thunderbolt-powered bundle to publish a U.2 solution that protects your data while reducing shipping costs.

OWC Mercury Pro U.2 Dual: Put lightning-fast Thunderbolt-powered storage and backup on a desktop with a compact two-bay footprint that can use U2 ShuttleOne and U2 Shuttles.

OWC Thunder Bay Flex 8: Take control of your media workflow with the industry-first 3-in-1 Thunderbolt desktop solution for storage, docking, and PCIe expansion. Easily swap U2 ShuttleOne and U2 Shuttles to/from the Flex 1U4.

Simplified RAID

Harness the full capabilities of your OWC Flex 1U4 disk array with the SoftRAID XT, the most powerful and intuitive RAID management software on the market for macOS and Windows. SoftRAID’s RAID creation and management technology has been fine-tuned to perfection with over 20 years of development to provide rock-solid protection for your data and maximize disk performance. It comes with features like multiple RAID options, disk validation and verification, and predictive disk failure with SoftRAID Monitor. SoftRAID provides a level of storage performance you cannot get with hardware RAID and is ideal for anyone who needs to securely store and large amounts of backup data, including educational institutions, government agencies, corporations, content creators and M&E professionals. If you need even more power and flexibility, you can upgrade to SoftRAID Pro to span volumes across two or more drive enclosures – not possible with hardware RAID – for incredible performance.

Highlights of OWC Flex 1U4

  • Driving Diversity: Use SATA/SAS 2 and U.2/M.2 3 NVMe drives for up to 128TB 1 capacity and true Thunderbolt speeds up to 2750MB/s
  • Training flexibility: swap drives quickly and easily if/when needed
  • Ready for the future: use U.2 SSDs – an emerging storage standard – in all four bays
  • Get the most: use U.2 NVMe SSDs plus OWC’s ecosystem of U.2 drives and adapters for incredible speed and flash density per array
  • Powerfully Easy RAID: create, manage and monitor advanced RAID sets with OWC SoftRAID
  • Use all: connect keyboards, mixers, cameras, displays and mobile devices such as tablets with (2) 10Gb/s USB-C ports and (3) 10Gb/s USB-A ports
  • See more : connect up to an 8K display to the DisplayPort 1.4 4 port
  • Load: keep your laptop powered with 85W through the upstream Thunderbolt 5 port
  • Do more: add audio/video capture, 10Gb Ethernet network, SSD storage, hardware RAID or I/O card to PCIe slot
  • Configurable: Daisy-chain up to five devices or add an extra display with the second Thunderbolt (USB-C) port
  • No worries: Up to 5 years OWC limited warranty

Price and availability

The OWC Flex 1U4 is available now at Macsales.com with solutions starting at $1,899.00.

About OWC

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability and OWC solutions are truly built to last, go the distance and allow users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC’s operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with our headquarters among the first in the world to receive LEED Platinum certification OWC has an award-winning technical support team as well as an unrivaled library of DIY and step-by-step information videos. From home office to corporate rack, from enterprise backup to securing medical data, from recording studio to movie set and beyond, there should be no compromises, and that’s why OWC is here.

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1 Up to 128TB supported via 4 OWC U2 shuttles (16 x 8TB NVMe M.2 SSDs) coming soon.

2 SAS drives are supported with the SAS drive controller card (available separately).

3 Up to four U.2 drives are supported. M.2 drives are also supported with the M.2 to U.2 adapter, such as the OWC U2 Shuttle and OWC U2 ShuttleOne (available separately).

4 Full DisplayPort 1.4 capabilities are dependent on host computer’s support of DisplayPort 1.4 specification via its Thunderbolt 3 connection, host computer’s GPU capabilities, and connecting cable capabilities.

5 Apple Mac models with Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt ports can be connected using an Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (available separately). This configuration allows data transfer up to 20 Gb/s but does not support laptop charging.

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