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.
HD Optimized Performance
Whether you’re editing a project on your own or running a facility with multiple edit stations, if you’re working in HD, you need fast and reliable storage. Sonnet’s Fusion 800RAID storage systems meet your needs with breakthrough performance and data safety, provided in affordable, direct attached disk arrays for the desktop or rack.
Both the award-winning Fusion D800RAID desktop system, and the Fusion R800RAID 2U rackmount system are designed for work environments where performance and fault tolerance are critical. Fusion 800RAID storage systems are fast enough to easily handle uncompressed HD while protecting the data at the same time, yet flexible enough to be configured for any workflow.
Under real world use (drives 85% filled and fragmented), with its drives formatted as a RAID 0 group, a Fusion 800RAID system is capable of single-stream 2K (2048 x 1556) LOG RGB capture and playback.
With its drives configured as a protected RAID 5 group (eight 1TB drives striped with parity distributed across all group members), a Fusion 800RAID system can achieve 577MB/sec (AJA Kona 1080HD test), fast enough to handle a single stream of uncompressed 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD, or multiple streams of Pro Res 422, uncompressed 8-bit 1080 HD, DV, HDV, and DVCPRO video.
With drives formatted as a RAID 4, RAID 5, or DVRAID group, Fusion 800RAID 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 drive can be swapped out and the RAID group rebuilt in 2, 3, or 4 hours (4, 6, or 8TB configurations(1), respectively), or you can continue to work at reduced bandwidth while the RAID group rebuilds in the background.
Do you need pure, unadulterated speed, ultimate redundancy, or something in between? It’s your choice—Fusion 800RAID systems support RAID 0, 1, 4 (DV RAID), 5, 10, 50, and JBOD groups. Fusion 800RAID systems even support hot spares—a designated hot spare drive automatically replaces the failed one without you having to lift a finger. All this flexibility is accomplished without switches—a simple to use configuration utility enables you to optimize your setup for specific workflow requirements.
Brains and Brawn
The heart of a Fusion 800RAID 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 800RAID 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—just 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 800RAID storage systems provide.
Fusion 800RAID 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.