Blackmagic Design will soon release a new high-performance network attached storage solution. Does the design of the Blackmagic Cloud Store ring a bell? It’s normal, the manufacturer has reused the case of its eGPU designed in partnership with Apple. So even if your Apple Silicon Mac is incompatible with eGPUs, you can have this metal tower on your desk. Finally, you still need it.
The Blackmagic Cloud Store is aimed at the film and television industry. Its components like its connectors have nothing to do with the eGPU which contained an AMD card. The new product embeds several M.2 flash memory cards configured in RAID 5 for 20, 80 or 320 TB of storage in total.
This storage can be shared between several users thanks to state-of-the-art connectivity: four 10G Ethernet ports (usable independently or aggregated to have 40G), two 1G Ethernet ports, two USB-C ports compatible with Ethernet over USB, an HDMI output for monitoring and a standard power outlet. Users can also set up a local Dropbox cache.
And if you’re wondering why Blackmagic reused its eGPU design, it’s because its cooling system is efficient enough for new components, but also very quiet. Might as well use what works well.
The Cloud Store will be available from Blackmagic resellers starting at $9,595 (€9,000) during this second quarter.