September 28th 2012 - Brand new Hive are ready to go!
We are delighted to announce the immediate availability of the second generation of Hive Desktop. Now available in three different versions, Hive Desktop has become an even stronger proposition and a must-have for space hungry design professionals.
Read about the new products and what else is going on in our newsletter here!
January 13th 2012 - Disk drive availability improving on certain models but prices are up
The hard disk drive market is still in turmoil. The slip in production caused by the natural disaster in Thailand is impacting availability as products manufactured earlier in 2011 are now sold. In other words the situation is not so much a result of speculation as it was two-three months ago, but more a sign of a genuine shortage and poor availability.
Because of the strong relationship between Western Digital and Hive, we are being looked well after and we have good supply all the way across the product range. The flipside of the coin is a hike in pricing, and some models have seen a 30% increase. We are constantly monitoring the market place and our prices will always be a reflection of what is available to us.
November 4th 2011 - Disk drive situation out of control
The floodings in Thailand have shut down 60% of the Western Digital's disk drive production facilities. As Hive is based on Western Digital products only, we are feeling the pain from this natural disaster.
Drive prices are sky rocketing at the moment and all prices quoted on our website are subject to final confirmation. We can only apologise for this but sadly this is due to events out of our control.
July 27th 2011 - Hive in the USA
Hive Tech is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Hive product range in North America.
B&H - one of the leading retailers in the professional photography and video market space is now offering Hive products from its New York based Superstore as well as on its website http://www.bhphotovideo.com.
At the same time, Hive has extended its partnership with Kodak in order to provide onsite service on all Hive products in both North America and Canada.
June 7th 2011 - 6TB Hive : desktop and rackmount to go EOL
The 6TB versions of Hive : desktop and Hive : rackmount are going End Of Life with immediate effect. This is due to poor availability on the WD Green Power AV 1.5 TB drive which the 6TB versions are based on. Technical Director Lindsay Edwards commented: 'We have seen some very long lead times for the 1.5TB drive and as a consequence hereoff, some customers had to endure long delays in getting their products. This is not acceptable and the best way forward was to simply stop manufacturing the 6TB versions'. The desktop and rackmount Hives are available in 4TB, 8TB and 12TB versions. In the first quarter of 2012 a 16TB version will be introduced.
February 25th 2011 - 12TB Hives are ready to go
Hive is pleased to announce the availability of Hive : desktop and Hive : rackmount with 12TB capacity. The new versions are both based on the Western Digital Green Power AV drive and will allow for an impressive 9TB net capacity when used in the standard RAID 5 configuration.
February 25th 2011 - Thunderbolt!
Yesterday Apple launched the exciting new Thunderbolt I/O standard. Learn more about this new technology, which will be introduced on selected Hive models later this year at http://www.united-digital.co.uk/component/option,com_myblog/Itemid,68
January 12th 2011 - Meet us at BETT 2011
See the new Hive products at BETT 2011 at Olympia in London. Find us on stand T16 together with our reseller partners Albion, KRCS and Western Computer. There is even a chance to win a brand new 4TB Hive : desktop - just ask for the competition leaflet on the stand.
You can read more about the BETT at www.bettshow.com.
December 29th 2010 - New products are shipping
We are happy to announce the immediate availability of the brand new and ultra portable hive : mobile. Available in 1TB and 2TB configurations, hive : mobile is perfect for anyone who require portable, RAID protected storage. Ideal for backup or data capture on location, or simply as an achingly beautiful storage device that looks brilliant on the desktop. As a member of the hive family, hive : mobile comes with our unique 2-year onsite maintenance agreement at no extra charge.
August 6th 2010 - EET is new European Distributor of Hive products
Hive Tech is delighted to announce its new partnership with EET. See the press release here.
More to follow.
May 6th 2010 - Hive family to grow soon
Inspired by the success of Hive, Hive Tech is pleased to announce the upcoming expansion of the product family.
This summer two new members of the Hive family will be introduced. The new products will provide an even less expensive point of entry to the world of Hive storage. Two things are certain - the new Hive products are as beautiful and well made as the original 4-bay Hive, and they will be covered by the same unique warranty as the original. Watch this space for more news in the coming weeks.
November 5th 2009 - HiveMobile is making your Hive portable
With such a compact size, Hive is nearly portable. However, it would not be wise to carry your Hive around without sufficient protection. That is why we have created HiveMobile.
HiveMobile is a luxury flight case in high quality aluminium, designed from the ground up for Hive. It simply allows you to protect your valuable data when you are on the move. It also turns Hive Into a genuine alternative to old fashioned tape backup, because it allows you to safely move up to 8TB of data around without risk of damage to the media. We are just in the process of releasing HiveCosy and more information is available here.
August 1st 2009 - Hive to be distributed by Computers Unlimited
Hive Tech is proud to announce that it has named Computers Unlimited as its exclusive distributor for the UK, France and Spain. See the press release here.
July 15th 2009 - 6TB Hive is go - at last
Because Hive Tech is commited to offering the ultimate storage capacity per watt coupled unsurpassed hard drive reliability, we have synchronized the release of our 6TB Hive with the world wide release of the WD 1.5TB AV Green Power drive.
The Western Digital Green Power AV hard disk range offers the perfect balance between performance, power consumption and reliability.
The Green Power AV drive is available in different capacities from 500GB and up to 2TB. However the 1.5TB version has been surrounded by quite a lot of uncertainty. At first this drive would not make it into production but due to unpresidented demand by Hive customers, production of the 1.5TB Green Power AV drive has now been given the green light after all, which is great news for customers who need more than 4TB but find 8TB to be too much.
Other 1.5TB drives are available from a variety of different manufacturers but we refuse to let our customers get stung by offering nothing but the best that hard drive market has to offer.
April 2009 - The Hive has landed
New desktop mini-RAID system sweetens data storage
A brand new name in data storage is causing a buzz with its first in a range of 4-disk desktop mini-RAID systems that offer heavy-duty data protection for under £1,100. Launched 1st May 2009 by Hive Tech, an off-shoot of UK storage specialist United Digital, the Hive holds up to 6 terabytes of data the equivalent capacity of 24 powerful computers ñ and includes an eSATA connection option for fast-as-lightening data transfer.
The sleek device, which comes fully pre-configured, is designed to meet the needs of professionals who require absolute peace-of-mind storing large files of valuable data, such as photographers and media and graphic arts companies. Using energy-saving disk drives from Western Digital, the Hive can seamlessly rebuild 1TB of data within just three hours if one disk fails, ensuring that zero data is lost and no downtime occurs.
Hans-Henrik Enoksen, CEO of United Digital and Hive Tech, comments: Cheap and cheerful desktop RAID systems have flooded the market, but time and time again we hear from distraught professionals who have put their faith in sub-standard technology and lost valuable time and money as a result.
No professional can afford to lose their work, so we developed the Hive to offer desktop RAID customers the same heavy-duty, ultra-reliable protection that we supply for multi-national companies, without the big-company price-tag. Hive Tech is the first mini-RAID manufacturer to offer a 2-year onsite warranty, removing the time-consuming and risky process of sending devices away to a foreign country if a problem occurs. Instead, a 24-hour telephone number will be provided for customers to call and arrange for a highly-trained field engineer to visit their address and carry out onsite repairs.
The Hive comes with USB 2.0, eSATA and Firewire 400 and 800 connectors. Available in 2TB, 4TB and 6TB configurations, the Hive will be available from selected resellers from 1 May 2009. Introduction prices are £585, £825 and £1095 respectively. Prices are ex. VAT.