Where you will use a storage system will often determine your selection. Whether sitting on a desk, mounted in a server or equipment rack, or placed on whatever surface you can find while working on location, Sonnet's Fusion F3 is a great choice for your high-speed storage needs. This 2-drive hardware RAID storage system has the features demanded by audio and video professionals-high throughput performance, rugged design and quiet operation-plus the flexibility of a quad interface and the convenience of an integrated universal power supply. Fusion F3 encloses its high-performance 3.5" SATA RAID drives in a stylish aluminum and steel case that fits equally well in recording studios, high-end A/V racks and desktop or mobile video editing systems.
Fusion F3's rugged aluminum and steel case is designed to withstand rough handling, but what's inside makes this storage system unique and well suited for use in environments that cause lesser systems to fail. Mounted side-by-side, each of the F3's drives is mounted on its own multi-point shock/vibration isolation sled to virtually eliminate vibration-related problems such as cross-coupled vibration-a potential source of soft-error-induced skipped frames in video capture and playback. Dual temperature-controlled fans with automatic failover help ensure system reliability. Fusion F3 supports Sonnet's exclusive locking eSATA cables, which provide a secure link between the F3 and Tempo PCIe and PCI-X eSATA host controller cards, even when subjected to heavy vibration.
A built-in high performance RAID controller manages Fusion F3's drives and enables single cable to host connection. It supports fast (RAID 0), safe (RAID 1) and JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) configurations, so you can choose the setup that best suits your needs. RAID mode configuration is OS independent, so the F3 can be connected directly to an audio editing/mixing interface (and other devices that support the feature) via FireWire interface without requiring a computer to link the storage system and device. Its quad interface makes it a cinch to connect Fusion F3 to your computer-select the eSATA or FireWire 800 interface for maximum speed or medium speed, respectively, or choose FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 for flexibility. Sonnet includes the cables for each interface, so you don't need to buy a new one or search for a spare.