inXtron Orbit USB 3.0 Raid 2.5-Inch Enclosure Unveiled

USB 3.0 may not be all that mainstream quite yet, but that's certainly not stopping companies all over the place from creating new hardware to take advantage of the speedier option. This time around, we've got a 2.5 hard drive enclosure, designed to hold two 2.5-inch drives. It could look worse in the aesthetics department, too. But, it's already caught our eye, so we figured we would share it with the world.

Working together with Gigabyte, who've managed to get their name on several different USB 3.0 products out there, and Silicon Image (who are providing their SteelVine Series 3 Core storage tech), the hard drives inside the Orbit can be configured to run in either RAID 0 or RAID 1, depending on your preference. You can also choose JBOD, as well. If you're worried about drive failures, then running the Orbit in a RAID 1 set-up may be the best option, as it's perfectly set up for handling critical data. However, as with many RAID 1 situations, you'll be gaining security, but losing speed. The Orbit duplicates data in real-time, which means that it takes about two times the length of time.

But, if you're all about speed, then you'll want the RAID 0 configuration, as this is where the USB 3.0 will really come in handy. You'll have the full ability of dual-write and striping operations, which are permitted by RAID 0. We wish we could tell you when this bad boy of RAID tech was coming out, but there's not enough information released quite yet, so it could still be a ways away. As soon as we hear something, we'll be sure to pass it along.

[via Everything USB]