Great things from Areca at CeBit 2017 with the ARC-8050T3 and ARC-8042

The Areca family just got bigger CeBit 2017, with the ARC-8042 and ARC-8050T3 RAID Box

Cebit 2017 Synology QNAP ThecusKnown to the long term professionals in data storage, Areca have been a feature of the data storage community for a number of years. They have really pushed the envelope in terms of connectivity and speed of your data. At CeBit 2017 we will see Areca unleash two new releases, both of which are real game changers. One of which sees Areca finally break into the world of Thunderbolt 3 and the other sees a return to the world of SAS and all the advantages of that wonderful 12GB/s connectivity! If you are a photo or video editor, or perhaps you are looking for a large scale file sotrage server that is as quick as possible, then take a look below at the units that Areca have added to the menu this 2017.

What is the Areca ARC-8050T3 Thunderbolt 3 RAID enclosure?

The Areca ARC-8050T3-12 Thunderbolt 3 RAID-system offers powerful RAID-systems with slim dimensions. Available in 6-Bay (ARC-8050T3-6), 8-bay (ARC-8050T3-8)and 12-Bay. There is also mention of a 4-Bay (ARC-8050T3-4)to follow.

Areca ARC-8050T3-12 Thunderbolt 3 RAID

Areca ARC-8050T3-8 Thunderbolt 3 RAID



  • CPU: Dual-core 1,2 GHz
  • Cache: 2GB DDR3-1866 ECC
  • Hard disks/SSDs: up to 8 x 3.5 LFF/2.5 SFF SAS/SATA (12 Gbps)
  • Host-interface: Thunderbolt 3 with 20 Gbps
  • Expandable with additional Thunderbolt systems (Daisy Chain)
  • Supported operating systems: Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher; Windows 7 and 8 or higher
  • BBU: battery backup module optional
  • Management via GUI

Available in the following Hardware Configurations

  • 4-Bay (ARC-8050T3-4)
  • 6-Bay (ARC-8050T3-6)
  • 8-bay (ARC-8050T3-8)
  • 12-Bay (ARC-8050T3-12)

All the above feature 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connector for Daisy Chaining.

Is the ARC-8050T3 Range available?

What is the Areca ARC-8042 12GB/s SAS RAID enclosure?

The ARC-8042 SAS to SAS desktop RAID subsystem provides 12Gb/s SAS host interface link to the host board on the server system. This RAID controller utilizes the same RAID kernel that has been field-proven in existing internal/external SATA/SAS RAID controller products, allowing to bring stable and reliable SAS RAID external subsystem. The ARC-8042 provides external storage chassis capable of accommodating up to 12 12.0-Gb/s Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) drives or 6.0-Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) drives.

Areca ARC-8050T3-12 Thunderbolt 3 RAID Features:

  • 12Gb/s SAS-based external storage subsystem
  • Support up to 2GB cache per controller, optional BBM cache
  • Supports up to 12 SATA/SAS drives
  • Affordable choice for high capacity
  • RAID Advanced Power Management
  • Support HDD firmware download
  • SED (Self-encrypting drives) function support

Still awaiting confirmation, but possible available in the following Hardware Configurations

  • 4-Bay (ARC-5042)
  • 8-bay (ARC-8042)
  • 12-Bay (ARC-8042-12)

Is the Areca ARC-8042 Available?