updated 08:40 pm EST, Thu January 24, 2008
A series of new RAID and related storage solutions debuted at last week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco. First up, the CalDigit card is 100% hardware RAID that frees up your computer's processor. The card has a dedicated Intel processor, and 256MB of built-in cache memory. Utilizing the PCI-e expansion slots in the latest MacPro or PC machines has level 5 speeds of 330MB/s externally (with the New HDElement - 4 bay external drive enclosure, with RAID 0.1.5,6 and JBOD connected through external mini-sas) and internally 4 drive speeds of 247MB/S, internal and external drives scale up to 16TB capacity. The CalDigit RAID card is priced at $550.
Promise Technology's new VTrak E-Class RAID subsystems will support Mac OS X Leopard and Final Cut Studio, using up to 16 integrated 3.5-inch SAS or SATA drives. An available expansion chassis with another 16 3Gb/sec SAS or SATA drives can be added, for capacities up to 24TB per configuration. Dual 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 will set a new standard for the RAID performance and data protection found in the most demanding Final Cut Pro installations.
Visionman Computers' new VisionVault Smart Media NAS appliances integrate a low-power, system-on-chip ARM CPU with an embedded Linux operating system to deliver flexible, secure, high-speed file services via an advanced SATA II interface. The VisionVault VM200 and VM400 models deliver 3.0 Gigabits-per-second maximum throughput and a feature-set that has been tuned and optimized for storage convenience including automatic backup, remote access support and advanced digital media services. The two-drive VM200 NAS appliance offers up to 2 Terabytes of storage in a compact form factor, supporting RAID 0, 1 and span options; the four-drive VM400 NAS solution offers up to 4 Terabytes of storage in a hot-swappable form factor that also includes RAID 5 support.