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thunderbolt enabled shuttle raid with user serviceability

Fast, affordable shuttle RAID for media workflows

If you’ve been looking for a personal storage solution designed to deliver outstanding performance, reliability and capacity for media applications, you just found it! And with Symply you get personalized support when you need it from knowledgeable media and entertainment professionals. 

SymplySPARK, is available in compact 4 Bay or 8 Bay desktop formats, with capacities up to 96TB and 192TB respectively. SPARK is designed to ignite your creativity by delivering consistently high throughput and low latency with plug-and-play convenience so you can do what you do best and not worry about managing your storage. SPARK is ideal for media workflows in post-production, on-set, VFX, graphics, delivery, and in-house creative. 

As a key component of the Symply product family, SPARK is equally at home in an office, studio, machine room, or on-set.   When designing the SPARK, we worked with some of the top developers and manufacturers around and worked with media industry professionals to add the features and capabilities media professionals require. From simple things such as making the system more compact and lighter than other systems on the market using high-quality metal, alloys and composites and adding a carry handle, to optimizing it for the new generation of multi-actuator hard drives that deliver SSD-like performance at a fraction the cost. For more information on Spark with multi-actuator hard drives, check out the SPARK XT

In summary, the SPARK was made with content creators in mind. 

Why SPARK 8 Bay?

FeatureSPARK 8 BaySDP G-RAID 8  Areca ARC-8050T3-8 Promise R32 8 BayOWC Thunderbay 8
Robust all-metal build 
InterfacesThunderbolt 3 Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.2 Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.2Thunderbolt 3 
Hardware RAID Engine 
User Serviceable HDD, PSU & FAN
Library Quiet Not PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Carry Handle 
Lights Out Mode 
HDD Locking Pin 
MA HDD Support 
Kensington Lock 
Wheeled hard case, option? 
W x D x H mm 
150 x 240 x 318 175 x 245 x 385 146 x 302 x 290 187 x 245 x 310 180 x 260 x 240 
Weight  10.8kg 12.3kg 6.8kg (without HDDs) 11kg7.3kg 

Why SPARK 4 Bay?

FeatureSPARK 4 BaySDP G-RAID 4  Areca ARC-8050T3U-4 Promise R32 4 Bay  OWC Thunderbay 4
Robust all-metal build 
InterfacesThunderbolt 3 Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.2 Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.2 Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.2Thunderbolt 3 
Hardware RAID Engine 
User Serviceable HDD, PSU & FAN
Library Quiet Not PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Carry Handle 
Lights Out Mode 
HDD Locking Pin 
MA HDD Support 
Kensington Lock 
Wheeled hard case, option? 
W x D x H mm 
150 x 240 x 235 174 x 248 x 268 165 x 232 x 12 187 x 245 x 192 135 x 245 x 177 
Weight  7.16kg7.16Kg (with HDDs)3.6kg (without HDDs) 6.8kg (without HDDs) 3.9kg (without HDDs) 

Field Serviceable 

We also know how important deadlines are – time is money, and nothing is worse than missing a deadline due to equipment failure. Beyond hard drive hot swap-ability, the SPARK allows fast replacement of fans and power supplies. No need to send the system back with your valuable content on it or wait for an exchange system to arrive. The optional SymplySAM (self-assisted maintenance kit) comes packed in its own transport case with full instructions that have you back up and running in minutes. And if you ever need it, professional Symply support is just an email or phone call away. 

SPARK Rack Kit 

Rack mounting your SPARK 8 Bay is easy with our custom rack kit. From on-set DITs to editors and sound mixers, the brand new 4RU SPARK Rack Kit is designed to make mounting your personal RAID solution a breeze. Go from desktop to rack in under five minutes thanks to our simple mounting options, and don’t fret about rack depth with moveable rack arms

Whether you’re backing up footage or creating cutdowns on location, or you’re inside a studio using an acoustically isolated rack solution SPARK is more versatile than ever. By leveraging our unique locking pin design, HDD trays remain in a secured position, while the power supply and fan are easily accessible for servicing.  

Built from a high-quality metal alloy – the SPARK Rack Kit won’t bend or warp. Extendable rack rails allow for various rack depths. 

Features and Benefits

  • Lightweight, Portable, and Rugged Design 
  • Compact 4-Bay or 8-Bay Design 
  • Whisper Quiet < 40dB, ideal for desktop use 
  • Hot swap drive caddies with locking pin and thumbscrews  
  • Only enterprise-class hard drive is used in every SymplySPARK to deliver consistent reliable performance. 
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for highest throughput, daisy chaining, and fast device charging 
  • Advanced field serviceable design for maximum uptime 
  • Fast, reliable RAID 5/6 Protection to prevent content loss and keep you working even in the unlikely event of a drive failure. 
  • Premium 2m (6.5ft) Active Thunderbolt 3 Cable Included 
  • Includes SymplyLOCK, a Beautifully Machined Aluminium Thunderbolt Cable Locking  
  • Kensington Lock 
  • Optional high-quality, impact Resistant Wheeled Transport Case 
  • Optional 4RU Rackmount Kit (8 Bay Only) 
  • Optional SymplySAM (self-assisted maintenance kit) 
  • Supported by the Symply worldwide 5-year warranty and free lifetime and online support by trained media professionals 

Technical Specifications

Capacities 24TB, 40TB 72TB, 96TB 48TB, 80TB, 112TB, 144TB, 192TB 
Number of Drive Bays48
RAID Level Support0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD 
Interface 2 x Thunderbolt3 with Device Charging  2 x Thunderbolt3 with Device Charging 
Dimensions (W x D x H) mm 150 x 240 x 235 150 x 240 x 318 
Weight KGs 7.6kg 10.8kg 
Operating Environment 0°C – 40°C, 5% – 85% humidity (non-condensing) 0°C – 40°C, 5% – 85% humidity (non-condensing) 
OS Support macOS & Windows macOS & Windows  
Whisper Quiet < 40dB < 40dB 
Carry Handle Yes Yes 
User Servable HDD, PSU & FAN Yes Yes 
Kensington Lock Yes Yes 
Studio Mode LED Blackout LED Blackout 
Wheeled Transport Case  Optional  Optional  
Warranty  5 Years  5 Years  


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