OWC ThunderBay FLEX 8 Receives 2020 Best of Show Special Edition Award

In the absence of a physical spring NAB Show this year, Future plc went virtual with their Best of Show Awards. And OWC has received this year’s Video Edge honor for the ThunderBay FLEX 8.

The Best of Show 2020 award recognizes outstanding products introduced in Spring 2020 that were new since the 2019 NAB Show. Evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, the winners were selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the industry.

OWC ThunderBay FLEX 8

Whether you call it a workflow workhorse, a productivity platform, or a configurable command center, one description of the ThunderBay FLEX 8 says it best. OWC designed the ThunderBay Flex 8 as the solution for the most advanced, demanding workflow needs. It’s a groundbreaking, industry-first 3-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 storage, docking, and PCIe expansion solution from the world’s leading Thunderbolt accessory manufacturer.

The ThunderBay FLEX 8 offers eight drive bays that support a mix of SATA/SAS/U.2 NVMe drives for up to 128TB of storage capacity. Next, there are a plethora of ports, including (2) Thunderbolt 3, (1) USB-C, and (2) USB-A ports for device docking and charging. See your work with greater clarity by adding an up to 8K display via the built-in DisplayPort 1.4 connection. Ingest hi-res images and video via front-side SD 4.0 and CF-Express card readers. When you want to expand your desktop capabilities, there’s a PCIe x16 slot waiting for your specific project needs.

ThunderBay FLEX 8 was built from the ground up to address the storage standards of today and tomorrow. All eight bays can utilize legacy SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-inch SSDs or 3.5-inch HDDs. To take advantage of the direct connection PCIe technology offers to achieve transfer rates up to 40Gb/s, the top four bays are NVMe U.2 SSD ready. With these super-fast SSDs emerging as the preferred drive of media and entertainment industry professionals, ThunderBay FLEX 8 is prepared to meet the future storage needs of content creators and video production pros.

As a tie-in with this year’s virtual NAB, the following is a ProductionHUB remote with OWC’s CEO Larry O’Connor. He talks about the new ThunderBay 8 and ThunderBay FLEX 8, as well as the new Envoy Pro EX Models.



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