updated 03:00 pm EDT, Fri August 18, 2006
15-drive enclosure ships
FireWire Depot today launched the RM15_S2P (shown at right), a 15-drive 4U rack mount enclosure supporting SATA 3.5-inch swappable hard drives. The RM15_S2P -- which offers up to 6TB of expandable storage space -- plugs all 15 drive bays directly into a backplane, reducing the number of interconnections to boost system reliability. The company also began shipping its USB eBOX-U, an enclosure supporting up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives that measures 5.25 x 13.45 inches. The eBOX-U connects the IDE or SATA hard drives via a single USB 2.0 host, and is programmable via a dip switch to support a variety of drive configurations. The RM15_S2P is priced at $1,500, while the USB eBOX-U is available for $270.