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Apple Store serves up Thunderbolt RAID systems

When Apple introduced the latest refresh to the MacBook Pro line-up a couple of months back, everyone got all excited about the new hardware's Thunderbolt port.

Based on an Intel-designed optical connection called Lightpeak, Apple's copper-cabled version promised bi-directional data transfer speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second - ten times faster than USB 2.0 - as well as the ability to hook up monitors and other PCIe-compatible peripherals.

The only problem was, there was nothing much to actually connect to the other end of the overpriced Apple cable, which made paying forty quid for one a bit of a dumb move, even for the most avid Macolyte. Apart from a few underwhelming hard drives, the Thunderbolt cupboard was pretty much bare.

Today, however, Apple has quietly added a range of RAID systems made by Pegasus which will give the new port - which will almost certainly be added to the next refresh of Apple's desktop flagship the Mac Pro - something to do.

Some might even suggest that the very appearance of Thunderbolt-equipped RAID systems - which, let's face it, are hardly likely to find themselves hooked up to an Apple laptop - is a portent that a Mac Pro refresh complete with Thunderbolt connectivity and Sandy Bridge CPUs is very much imminent.

The Promise Pegasus RAID boxes come in four or six-bay configurations and range from £769 complete with four 1TB drives up to £1400 stuffed with six 2TB drives.

They all support RAID 0, 1, 5, 50, 6 and 10 and come with two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining duties.

You'll have to wait up to three weeks for delivery and you will, of course, have to cough up another £40 for a cable.

Details and prices of the full range are available over at Apple (opens in new tab). monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.