The 5TB Fusion D500P eSATA Array System from Sonnet is an eSATA storage system for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. The array features 4 hot-swappable drives, which can be configured as a RAID when using a compatible controller card.
It supports multiple video stream playback and sustained transfer rates of 240MB/sec when paired with a RAID 0 eSATA controller. It is an excellent solution for the large storage needs and intense performance requirements associated with video editing applications.
HD SATAsfaction: Today's digital content creation and editing require more speed and space than anybody would have imagined just a few, short years ago-now, storage needs are spoken of in terabytes instead of gigabytes. FireWire drives used to be the storage solution of choice for users on a limited budget, but they don't offer enough performance for all but the most basic needs and high-end Fibre-Channel storage systems are out of reach for most people. You probably need something in between-Sonnet's Fusion D500P SATA storage systems offer speed, versatility and reliability in a compact package-they are a great solution for anyone looking for an affordable storage system that will fit into a variety of workflows.
Maximum Performance: Connected to a Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P PCIe or X4P PCI-X host controller installed in a Mac or Windows computer, a Fusion D500P system's drives can be accessed through its port multiplier at high speed, whether configured as a RAID 0, 1, 10, or JBOD set. With its drives configured as a RAID 0 striped set, a single Fusion D500P achieves 240MB/sec, fast enough to support multiple streams of DV, HDV, DVCPRO, or uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD video. Up to four Fusion D500Ps can be ganged on a single Tempo SATA E4P or X4P controller for double, triple, or even quadruple the available streams (as well as increasing the number of supported video formats.
Safe and Secure: Fusion storage systems employ Enterprise/RAID Edition hard drives or select, Sonnet certified desktop drives that have been selected for their superior performance, error handling and reliability characteristics, especially when used in RAID groups. 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 to become the building blocks of a super-reliable Fusion storage system
Form Meets Function: Fusion D500P systems can be used for simple backup needs, but they are well-suited for use in editing suites employing applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 video editing software and video capture cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox and Bluefish444. With an attractive and user-friendly design, Fusion D500P's handsome door hides the drive modules, yet status indicator LEDs for each drive shine through. The drive modules have built-in locking levers that double as handles to make swapping easy. If you choose, you can also secure each module in place with the built-in locks (great for added security). To keep things cool, the Fusion D500P uses a swappable fan module with a fan that is 80% quieter than a standard case fan, making this system perfectly suited for use in noise-sensitive environments