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Promise Technologys VTrak E-Class RAID Subsystems Now Qualified With Xsan 2 and Final Cut Studio

2/14/2012 11:02 PM Eastern
Promise Technology Inc., a leading supplier of sophisticated RAID storage solutions for enterprise and SMB customers, today announced that Promise VTrak™ E-Class RAID subsystems have been qualified with Xsan 2, Apple's high-performance, enterprise-class Storage Area Network (SAN) file system for Mac OS X, and Final Cut Studio, the industry's leading video production suite. Each RAID subsystem delivers an unbeatable 26 streams of 8-bit uncompressed standard definition video and supports capacities up to 24TB per configuration, starting at just $1.12 per gigabyte*. "Promise Technology is very pleased to offer our popular VTrak E-Class RAID subsystems to Apple customers," said Sam Sirisena, general manager of Promise's Advanced Storage Group. "We're setting a new standard for RAID solutions in performance and pricing for Xsan 2 and Final Cut Pro users with dual redundant active/active controllers, 4 Gb Fibre Channel to the host, support for SAS and SATA hard drives, fully redundant components and improved scalability at just over $1 per gigabyte." "We're excited that Promise Technology's VTrak RAID is now available to give Apple's creative and enterprise customers immediate, dependable access to terabytes of their data," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "The combination of Xsan 2 and VTrak offers unbeatable flexibility and value for both our small business and enterprise customers." Each VTrak RAID 3U subsystem supports up to 16 integrated 3.5-inch SATA or SAS drives and an expansion chassis that can deliver another 16 SATA or SAS drives, for capacities up to 24TB per configuration. Demanding Final Cut Pro and Xsan installations will benefit from dual redundant active-active, failover/failback RAID controllers, 4Gb Fibre Channel connections to the host, RAID 5 and RAID 6 support, along with global and dedicated hot spare hard drives, setting a new standard for RAID performance and data protection. The VTrak E-Class RAID subsystem delivers outstanding performance for general server and video storage workloads, reaching up to 1400MB/s of sequential read performance and 617MB/s of sequential write performance in a RAID 5 configuration with redundant controllers. When configured with Apple's Xsan 2 clustered file system and Final Cut Studio 2 video suite, the 32-drive Vtrak subsystem delivers up to 6 streams of 8-bit uncompressed high definition video, 22 streams of ProRes HQ compressed HD video and 26 streams of 8-bit uncompressed SD video. "Our production facility currently has 20 shows in production for three networks. On any given day we have at least eight hours of programming on-air and we're showing no signs of slowing down," said Scott Templeton, partner and executive producer for Pie Town Productions in Hollywood, California. "The Promise VTrak E-Class RAID subsystem combined with Apple's Xsan 2 and Final Cut Studio is the most complete solution we've found that can deliver the performance and reliability we need to ensure that we meet our demanding production schedules." All system components in this enterprise-class, cable-less subsystem can be monitored through Promise's WebPAM PROe management suite to ensure continuous operation in case of failure or component malfunction. Promise also backs the VTrak RAID subsystem products with a three-year limited warranty, an advanced replacement program and 24 x 7 tech support in many locations. Promise VTrak E-Class RAID Subsystems are available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers. Promise VTrak E-Class subsystem with a suggested retail price of $11,999.95 (US) includes: -- 6TB raw capacity storage; -- dual redundant active/active RAID controllers with 2GB cache per controller; -- dual 4Gb Fibre Channel SFP ports per controller with 400MBps throughput per channel; -- eight 750GB 7200-rpm SATA hard drive modules; and 16MB on-drive cache. Promise VTrak E-Class subsystem with a suggested retail price of $14,999.95 (US) includes: -- 12TB raw capacity storage; -- dual redundant active/active RAID controllers with 2GB cache per controller; -- dual 4Gb Fibre Channel SFP ports per controller with 400MBps throughput per channel; -- sixteen 750GB 7200-rpm SATA hard drive modules; and 16MB on-drive cache. Promise VTrak E-Class subsystem with a suggested retail price of $18,999.95 (US) includes: -- 4.8TB raw capacity storage; -- dual redundant active/active RAID controllers with 2GB cache per controller; -- dual 4Gb Fibre Channel SFP ports per controller with 400MBps throughput per channel; -- sixteen 300GB SAS hard drive modules; and 16MB on-drive cache. In addition to the Promise VTrak E-Class subsystem offerings, Promise offers J-Class expansion chassis in SATA and SAS configurations. Promise VTrak J-Class expansion chassis with a suggested retail price of $11,999.95 (US): -- adds 12TB raw capacity storage to your existing E-Class subsystem; -- dual redundant active/active I/O modules; -- sixteen 750GB SATA hard drive modules; and 16MB on-drive cache. Promise VTrak J-Class expansion chassis with a suggested retail price of $15,999.95 (US): -- adds 4.8TB raw capacity storage to your existing E-Class subsystem; -- dual redundant active/active I/O modules; -- sixteen 300GB SAS hard drive modules; and 16MB on-drive cache. * A 12TB SATA VTrak E-Class subsystem and a 12TB SATA VTrak J-Class expansion chassis costs $26,999.90, equating to $1.12 per gigabyte of storage. Promise Technology, with over 15 million RAID installations worldwide, is committed to customers' data protection needs by delivering best-in-class fault tolerant storage products across all market segments. Promise has a comprehensive SAS/SATA storage product line including rack mount RAID enclosures for SAN and DAS applications, PCIe RAID controllers for servers and workstations, NAS systems for SOHO and RAID ASICs for embedded applications. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., the company has ISO-9001 certified R & D centers in the United States, Taiwan and China and has sales and marketing offices worldwide. For more information, visit Promise Technology's website at www.promise.com.