updated 11:55 pm EDT, Thu September 10, 2009
Fusion 16-drive RAID storage system
Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Fusion RX1600Fibre, its latest expandable RAID storage system. Designed for small video-editing workgroups, the system provides a 4-port, 8Gb Fibre Channel interface that supports up to four users and delivers maximum read speeds of 1,000MB/s or write speeds of 740MB/s. It features sixteen 1TB drives configured as RAID 5, although users can also choose between RAID 4 and RAID 6 arrays.
The system supports Final Cut Pro Server and provides users with full read capabilities during a RAID group rebuild. The Fusion RX1600Fibre also includes SES and S.M.A.R.T data reporting for delivering real-time information for monitoring the enclosure status, along with a data report for each individual drive. Internal SAS expanders enable users to connect Fusion RX1600 Expansion enclosures without the need of an additional RAID controller.
Fusion RX1600Fibre is capable of working with Mac OS X and OS X Server 10.4.8 or higher, including the latest Snow Leopard operating system. The storage system is priced at $20,000, with a 16TB Fusion RX1600 Expansion also available for $9,800.