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 and reliability 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 was 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. SymplySPARK is ideal for media workflows in post-production, on-set, VFX, graphics, delivery, and in-house creative.

As a key component of the SymplyFIRST family of products, SPARK integrates seamlessly with the SymplyNEBULA cloud service, SymplyPRO LTO products, and SymplyADDR Thunderbolt PCIe expansions. Either on its own or part of Symply enhanced workflow SymplySPARK stands out.

When designing the product, we tapped some of the top development 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 steel, 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, and shipping in a wheeled hard case. All around the SymplySPARK was made with content creators in mind.

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Multi Actuator Technology

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.


FeatureSymplySPARKSanDisk Professional G-RAID 8ArecaPromise R32 8 BayOWC Thunderbay 8
All metal construction
(no plastic)
Interface2 x TB3 
with Device Charging
2 x TB3
with Device Charging & USB 3.2
2 x TB3
1 x Display port
2 x TB3
with Device Charging & USB 3.2
2 x TB3
with Device Charging
1 x Display port 
Hardware RAID EngineSoftware RAID Pro - RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0 (10) - MacOS Only
Carry Handle
Studio Mode / Lights Out
HDD Positioning Pin
Multi-Actuator drive support
Self-Service PSU & Fan
Ships in wheeled hard case (shock test 250GB / 2ms)
Kensington Lock
% Bigger or Smaller than SymplySPARK
150(w)  x 240(d) x 318(h) mm
6 x 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 in
175 (w) x 245(d) x 385(h) mm
(44% Bigger)
146(w) x 302(d) x 290(h) mm
(11% Bigger)
187(w) x 245(d) x 310(h) mm
(24% Bigger)
180(w) x 260(d) x 240(h) mm
(2% smaller)
Weight10.8 Kg 
(5.38 Kg without drives)
9% Heavier 
11.8 to 12.3 Kg
26% Heavier 
6.8 Kg (without drives)
1.8% Heavier 
11.0 Kg
35% Heavier
7.3KG without HDDs
Warranty5 Years5 Years3 Years3 Years1, 3, 5 years depending model purchased

Features and Benefits

  • Lightweight, portable, and rugged design that comes with its own high-quality, impact resistant wheeled transport case
  • Whisper quiet < 45dB, ideal for desktop use
  • Eight hot swap drive bays with your choice of popular capacities from 48TB to 160TB
  • Multi-Actuator hard drive configuration (SymplySPARK XT) with 112TB capacity and extreme performance
  • Only enterprise-class hard drive 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 up-time
  • Fast, reliable RAID 5/6 Protection to prevent content loss and keep you working even in the unlikely event of a drive failure
  • 2m (6.5ft) Active Thunderbolt 3 Cable included
  • SymplyLock available to secure any Thunderbolt 3 cable to SymplySPARK
  • Kensington Lock
  • Converts from Desktop to Rackmount (via optional Rack Kit)
  • Supported by the Symply worldwide five year warranty and free lifetime and online support by trained media professionals

Technical Specifications

Capacities 48TB, 80TB, 112TB, 144TB, 160TB & 112 TB XT Operating Environmentals0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F), 5% - 85% humidity (non-condensing)
Number of drive Bays8Kensington Lock Yes 
RAID Level Support0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBODStudio ModeLED Blackout 
Thunderbolt™3 Ports2 x Thunderbolt 3
(Daisy Chaining and Device Charging)
Whisper Quiet < 45dB
Dimensions (L x W x H)24x15x31.8 cm (6 x 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 in)OS Support macOS and Windows
Weight (with HDDs)10.7 KG (23.5 lb)Carry Handle Yes
Field swappable HDD, FAN and Power supplyYes Drive Locator PinReduces risk of damage during transport
Mechanical Shock TestIn protective case supplied 250G/2ms Warranty 5 Years


SymplySPARK with Enterprise HDDs RAID 5*

AJA (4092x2160 4K-2160, 16GB, 10bit)1618 MB/Sec1639 MB/Sec
Blackmagic1711 MB/Sec1625 MB/Sec

SymplySPARK with 14TB Multi-Actuator HDDs RAID 5*

AJA (4092x2160 4K-2160, 16GB, 10bit)2571 MB/Sec2014MB/Sec
Blackmagic2240 MB/Sec1751 MB/Sec
ATTO DiskBench2952 MB/Sec1977 MB/Sec

* Tested on MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, 1.4GHz Quad-Core Intel i5). Why? Because at Symply we know not everyone has the latest and greatest hardware.


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