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Sonnet Announces Fusion Quad-Interface SATA Storage Systems, Desktop RAID 4 Storage Systems, Fusion Desktop SATA Storage System

Sonnet Technologies

announced the desktop Fusion D400Q, and the 1U rackmount Fusion R400Q SATA storage systems. Each is equipped with four swappable hard drive modules providing a total of 2 or 3 TB of storage. These storage systems are connectable to virtually any computer via any one of four industry-standard interfaces: eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 or USB 2.0.

Connected to a computer with a single eSATA cable, the four drives can be accessed at maximum speed. Connected via a single FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or USB cable, all four drives can be accessed at the full speed of the respective interface. There is no need to reformat when changing from one interface to another, whether configured as RAID 0, 1, 10, or JBOD.

Connected to a Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P PCIe or X4P PCI-X adapter installed in a Mac or Windows computer, a Fusion 400Q system can operate at maximum speed. Through its eSATA connection, a single Fusion 400Q achieves 200MB/s as a RAID 0 striped set, fast enough to support multiple streams of DV, HDV, DVCPRO, or uncompressed SD video. Up to four Fusion 400Qs can be ganged on a Tempo SATA E4P or X4P for double, triple, or even quadruple the performance. Fusion systems are compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 video editing software, and video capture cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox and Bluefish444.

Fusion storage systems employ Enterprise/RAID Edition hard drives. These drives are subjected to hours of additional testing to check for soft errors, vibration, and other reliability predictors. Only the sturdiest drives pass these tests, and then are prepared with special RAID-optimized firmware, and become the building blocks of a super-reliable Fusion storage system. For added convenience and security, Fusion storage systems’ swappable drive modules are compatible across Sonnet’s Fusion line.

The Fusion D400Q system enclosure integrates an ultra-quiet, swappable fan module using the Vantec Stealth fan. This fan is 80% quieter than a standard case fan. At 13.5″ deep, the 1U rackmount Fusion R400Q enclosure fits into shallow portable racks.

Fusion D400Q and R400Q models will be available in May for the following suggested prices:

Fusion D400Q-2TB (part number FUS-D4Q-2T) – $2,295

Fusion D400Q-3TB (part number FUS-D4Q-3T) – $3,395

Fusion R400Q-2TB (part number FUS-R4Q-2T) – $2,295

Fusion R400Q-3TB (part number FUS-R4Q-3T) – $3,395

RAID Drive Modules

Fusion 500GB RAID Drive Module (part number FUS-RM-500G) – $349.95

Fusion 750GB RAID Drive Module (part number FUS-RM-750G) – $599.95

Sonnet Technologies also announced the Sonnet Fusion D800RAID 8-drive and Fusion D400RAID 4-drive Serial ATA disk array storage systems, designed for use in film and video editing, and professional broadcast applications. Each Fusion D800RAID and D400RAID system boasts a powerful PCI Express RAID host adapter that supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 10, 50, and JBOD configurations, a quiet enclosure that contains hot-swappable drive modules equipped with Enterprise/RAID edition SATA drives, and robust locking cables.

A Fusion D800RAID system configured as a RAID 4 (7 drives striped + 1 parity drive) can achieve 340MB/s (AJA Kona 1080HD test), fast enough to handle uncompressed 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD, or multiple streams of DV, HDV, DVCPRO, and uncompressed SD video. A similarly configured D400RAID (RAID 4) can achieve 160MB/s (AJA Kona 1080HD test), fast enough to support 10-bit 720HD and 8-bit 1080HD, as well as multiple streams of DV, HDV, DVCPRO, and uncompressed SD video. Fusion RAID systems offer fail-safe protection in the event of a drive failure–a drive can be swapped out and the RAID rebuilt in 2 or 3 hours (4 or 6TB configurations, respectively), or the user can choose to continue to work at reduced bandwidth while the RAID rebuilds in the background.

The Sonnet PCI Express RAID host adapter, based on the latest-generation Intel 348 RAID processor and complemented by 256MB of onboard ECC-protected RAM, is powered by ATTO RAID technology. This RAID 4 implementation features advanced data streaming, an ATTO technology that maximizes the number of concurrent video streams while protecting content in case of a drive’s failure. The included software utilities provide user-extensive control of the Fusion RAID system’s configuration. Connections between host and enclosure are simplified through the use of one or two reliable four-lane cables.

Fusion RAID systems employ Enterprise/RAID Edition hard drives. These drives are subjected to hours of additional testing to check for soft errors, vibration, and other reliability predictors. Only the sturdiest drives pass these tests, and then are prepared with special RAID-optimized firmware, and become the building blocks of a super-reliable Fusion RAID system. For added convenience and security, Fusion RAID systems’ swappable drive modules are compatible across Sonnet’s Fusion line.

These Fusion RAID system enclosures integrate an ultra-quiet, swappable fan module using the Vantec Stealth fan.

Fusion RAID series storage systems will be available in May for the following suggested prices:

Complete Systems Fusion D800RAID-4TB (Part No. FUS-D8R-4T) – $4,995

Fusion D800RAID-6TB (Part No. FUS-D8R-6T) – $6,995

Fusion D400RAID-2TB (Part No. FUS-D4R-2T) – $3,395

Fusion D400RAID-3TB (Part No. FUS-D4R-3T) – $4,495

Expansion to Fusion D400RAID Fusion D400EXP-2TB (Part No. FUS-D4E-2T) – $2,195

Fusion D400EXP-3TB (Part No. FUS-D4E-3T) – $3,295

RAID Drive Modules Fusion 500GB RAID Drive Module (Part No. FUS-RM-500G) – $349.95

Fusion 750GB RAID Drive Module (Part No. FUS-RM-750G) – $599.95

Finally, Sonnet Technologies also announced the Fusion D500P desktop SATA storage system with port multiplier, equipped with five swappable hard drive modules providing a total of 2.5TB or 3.75TB of storage.

Connected to a Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P PCIe or X4P PCI-X adapter installed in a Mac or Windows computer, a Fusion D500P system’s drives can be accessed through its port multiplier at full speed, whether configured as RAID 0, 1, 10, or JBOD. Through its single eSATA connection, a single Fusion D500P achieves 225MB/s as a RAID 0 striped set, fast enough to support multiple streams of DV, HDV, DVCPRO, or uncompressed SD video. Up to four Fusion D500Ps can be ganged on a Tempo SATA E4P or X4P for double, triple, or even quadruple the performance. Fusion systems are compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 video editing software, and video capture cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox and Bluefish444.

Fusion D500P models will be available in May for the following suggested prices:

Fusion D500P-2.5TB(part number FUS-D5P-2.5T) – $2,495

Fusion D500P-3.7TB (part number FUS-D5P-3.7T) – $3,695

RAID Drive Modules Fusion 500GB RAID Drive Module (part number FUS-RM-500G) – $349.95

Fusion 750GB RAID Drive Module (part number FUS-RM-750G) – $599.95

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