Sonnet Fusion D400RAID Expansion 4TB RAID Storage Product Details
Broadcast Engineering's Pick Hit Award Recipients at NAB, Sonnet's Fusion SATA Storage Systems are acknowledged for their qualities of top performance, value, reliability, and broad compatibility.
Expandable HD Performance
Sonnet’s award-winning Fusion D400RAID storage systems provide performance and data safety in the form of compact, affordable, transportable, RAID storage for the desktop. Designed for work environments where performance and fault tolerance are critical, Fusion D400RAID storage systems are fast enough to easily handle multiple video streams while simultaneously protecting the data, yet are flexible enough to be configured for any workflow.
With its drives configured as a protected RAID 5 group (4 drives striped with parity distributed across all group members), Fusion D400RAID can achieve 160MB/sec (AJA Kona 1080HD test), fast enough to handle three streams of uncompressed 10-bit NTSC, or multiple streams of DV, DVCPRO, HDV, and uncompressed SD video.
With drives formatted as a RAID 4 (DV RAID) or RAID 5 group, Fusion D400RAID systems offer fail-safe protection in the event of a drive failure. You can set up your system to provide visual and audible alerts, including e-mail notification. A failed drive can be swapped out and the RAID rebuilt in 2, 3 or 4 hours (2, 3, or 4TB configurations, respectively), or you can continue to work at reduced bandwidth while the RAID rebuilds in the background.
When you need more storage capacity and better performance, this storage system allows you to expand beyond your original setup—just add a Fusion D400RAID Expansion. When you configure all 8 drives together in a RAID group, you’ll double the capacity and performance of your original Fusion D400RAID system, equivalent to a Fusion D800RAID. More streams, more formats—what more could you ask for?
Brains and Brawn
The heart of the Fusion D400RAID storage system is the Sonnet PCI Express RAID controller. This powerhouse is based on the latest-generation Intel IOP348 RAID processor, which can handle the throughput from all the drives with plenty of overhead. The Sonnet RAID controller is configured with 256MB of ECC-protected RAM, especially important to maintain data stream writes as the disk array nears capacity.
Fusion D400RAID storage systems employ Enterprise/RAID Edition hard drives. These drives are subjected to hours of additional, stringent testing to check for soft errors, vibration, and other reliability predictors. Only the sturdiest drives pass these tests and are prepared with special RAID-optimized firmware. Enterprise/RAID drives offer higher MTBF (mean time between failure) specs, carry longer warranties than “desktop” drives, and are the building blocks of a super-reliable Fusion storage system.
These systems are ideal for use in mixed environments—various operating systems, editing applications and output demands requiring the flexibility and interoperability that Fusion D400RAID storage systems provide.
Fusion D400RAID systems support Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Linux. They are compatible with capture cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox, and Bluefish444, and work with all mainstream video editing applications including Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3.