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JMR Announces General Availability of Mac Mini RAID Desktop and Rackmount Work Stations


New Thunderbolt certified desktop and rackmount adds enhanced durability, RAID capacity expansion
and I-O flexibility to Mac mini – Ideal for DI carts and studio workflows

JMR Electronics, Inc. a leading provider of scalable storage solutions, announced this week the general availability of their latest ThunderboltTM certified desktop and rackmount workstation for the Apple Mac mini®. The innovative one-of-a-kind workstations will prove to be a performance, convenience and time savings boon for DITs, DPs and studio personnel alike.

“Our newly released Lightning Desktop and Rackmount units for the Mac mini adds enhanced durability, RAID storage and I-O flexibility expansion for workflow applications ranging from DI carts to studio operations,” said Josef Rabinovitz, president and CEO of JMR Electronics. “Digital imaging technicians, cinematographers, and studio personnel are now able to have a completely self-contained desktop or rackmount workstation to utilize the full power of the Mac mini from ingest at on-site shoots to studio workflows, saving significant cost and time.”

The JMR Lightning™ model LTNG-XD-8-MMDT is a unique, all new desktop/DI cart complete workstation. The Mac mini installs via an easy slide-in sled from the rear, and the Lightning desktop provides front-panel USB3, audio I-O and media card reader, while the rear panel provides all other Mac connections. An internal Thunderbolt controller and 2-slot PCIe (x8 full-height slots) expander with an internal 6Gb SAS RAID controller are standard, as well as eight 3.5” hot-swappable disk drive bays to provide up to 64TB of native disk storage capacity (RAID 0/1/4/5/6/40/50/60). The desktop/cart unit will have an optional 9” LCD flip-up monitor (available in late November) which connects to the Mac mini and may be added or removed in the field without tools – perfect for ingest and dailies. The Lightning desktop is very portable and quiet in operation, cooled by a whisper quiet, low-speed centrifugal blower in a removable module. The unit also has an attractive locking, ventilated and hinged front door to prevent accidental disk drive removal or theft, and a Kensington lock slot. Measuring only 7” H x 11” W x 16” D, the new Lightning desktop for Mac mini is highly portable. MSRP for the unit starts at $3,499, including internal ExpressSAS RAID controller.

More details at jmr.com/product/jmr-mac-mini-lightning-ltng-xd-8-mmdt-new/

The JMR Lightning model LTNG-XD-8-MM2U is a special, all new 2U rack mount work station ideally suited for DI carts or machine room operations. The Mac mini installs after removing the easy slide-off top cover, and the Lightning rackmount provides front-panel I-O connections for USB3, audio, GbE and HDMI, as well as a media card reader, while the rear panel provides all other Mac mini connections. The Mac mini’s on-off power switch is remotely operated from the front panel. An internal Thunderbolt controller and 2-slot PCIe (x8 full-height slots) expander with an internal 6Gb SAS RAID controller are standard, as well as eight 2.5” hot-swappable disk drive bays to provide up to 32TB of native SSD disk storage capacity (RAID 0/1/4/5/6/10/40/50/60). Five internal cooling fans keep everything cool, at very low noise levels; only 19” deep to fit any mobile or stationary rack providing 20” mounting depth. MSRP for the unit starts at $3,299, including internal ExpressSAS RAID controller.

More details at jmr.com/product/jmr-mac-mini-lightning-ltng-xd-8-mm2u-new/

Both of these innovative products are fully Thunderbolt Certified after exhaustive testing by the Intel-Apple Thunderbolt engineering group. The products are available from the JMR web store and all authorized national resellers.

JMR, an award winning provider and systems integrator of scalable storage systems for high performance and capacity driven applications for multiple markets including; video and post-production, military and government, education, VOD, DCC, gaming, security, medical imaging, HPC and Web 2.0. Since 1982, JMR’s reliable and innovative RAID systems are proudly made in the U.S.A., manufactured entirely from their Chatsworth, California facilities. JMR’s complete line of affordable Lightning™ storage products; SilverStor™ SMB focused products, and BlueStor™ Cloud-ready rackmount and desktop solutions are built to handle the most demanding project needs for A/V centric markets. For further information, please visit www.jmr.com, contact [email protected], or call them at 818-993-4801, x190.


Curtis Chan

Curtis Chan

Curtis Chan is President and CEO/Founder and Managing Partner of two high technology Brand Marketing and Public Relations companies, CHAN & ASSOCIATES and COGNITIVE IMPACT, whose clients range from the Global Fortune 500 to venture capital funded startups.

His agencies’ services, for over a quarter century, have helped garner early stage and growth companies significant brand exposure, resulting in either acquisition or IPO, with a total valuation of over $2.0 Billion.

Mr. Chan is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and angel investor. He played key executive roles early on in helping to pioneer and usher in both professional digital audio and digital video technologies for the recording, broadcast, cinematic and post production industries. He also played key executive roles in helping to develop and market data storage technologies. His expansive background spans four decades in ever increasing executive roles in operations, business development, engineering and sales/marketing in the information technology, media & entertainment, storage and networking, and other related high technology industries.

He is an active mentor and senior advisor to many established and start-up companies, a market/technology analyst, and has three decades of experience in brand development, management consulting, company turnarounds, creative advertising and public relations.

A graduate of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo; Mr. Chan is celebrating his 12th year as a Board of Director for the Fullerton College Foundation and recipient of the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service in Business; 17th year as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and mentor for the Small Business Institute at California State University Fullerton and incubators. Additionally, he is a volunteer member of DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America); an advisor to the College of Engineering's Global Waste Research Institute and Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a member of the President’s Green and Gold Society. Passionate about hospice care, he was the past Board President for the Healing Hearts Association; and is a regularly featured speaker at many MBA and Doctorate level lectures around the country. He has presented and published over 30 papers worldwide, is a book co-author, an Editorial Board Member for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Senior Editor for Broadcast Beat and AV Beat Magazines, past Senior Editor for Computer Technology Review, and is a regularly featured Contributing Editor to many US and international trade publications for over 30 years.

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