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Why Sonnet Fusion R400?

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Why the Fusion R400 RAID might be a perfect storage solution for YOU

While being our entry rackmount RAID, the Fusion R400 comes with the fast and widely used USB 3.0 interface and a dedicated hardware RAID controller supporting the following drive configurations: 


No budget for Thunderbolt chassis with SSD drives, then the Sonnet R400 is your fastest solution…

The affordable Sonnet Fusion R400 RAID system integrates four 3.5” HDD with 24 TB* of addressable disk space and achieves read performances of up to 240 MB/s over USB 3.0 (RAID 5). Enough for the simultaneous streaming of ten ProRes 422 (HQ) videos in 1080p. 

* depending on the required level of redundancy. Sonnet has certified the latest Western Digital 6TB Red (WD30EFRX) drives to be supported by the R400 RAID USB 3.0 providing 24 TB of addressable disk space in JBOD, SPAN and RAID 0 mode. 

This makes the Fusion R400 RAID faster than any single internal SATA HDD. The R400 can be connected over one standard USB cable and thus attaches to basically every modern laptop or workstation. 

An affordable and scalable solution …

Example 1: Are you running out of space?

You might need more local storage for projects, working on one or even different workstations, like a Mac mini, a Windows laptop or a Linux computer? Instead of buying dozens of external USB drives, why not just install four identical hard drives of their choice in a securely mounted Fusion R400 RAID connected via an external USB 3.0 cable to computers like a rackmount Mac mini. In case of lacking USB 3.0 ports have a look at our Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe card or the USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34. Setting up the drives in a RAID 5 array provides protection against disc drive errors allocating 75% of the total capacity or up to 18 TB of storage. 

1. RackMac mini - 2. Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 - 3. Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe - 4. USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34

Example 2: Need an extended data security

While offering no physical port or PSU redundancy, two Fusion R400 can easily be set up to mirror each other’s data using a standard backup software. In this example we add a second Fusion R400 unit to an xMac mini Server which will (manually or automatically) back up the first unit. Having a replacement system available enables to stripe volume data across the four disk drives and thus provides 100% of the total capacity or up to 24 TB of storage. Or just stick with a RAID 5 array and up to 18 TB of storage for the benefit of data redundancy. 

1. xMac mini Server - 2. Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 

Example 3: Sharing data in networked environments

Often, workstations in a networked environment access storage that is managed by a server. It could contain a database or a shared production archive or library. This example shows a Fusion R400 in a small networked environment providing up to 18 TB of storage via RAID 5. In our example an xMac mini Server with a Sonnet Presto Gigabit Server PCIe card installed makes the data accessible in a network - and thanks to link aggregation without any loss in performance. A number of connected workstations can now share the available bandwidth via standard Gigabit Ethernet (see our Presto Gigabit USB 3.0 for UltraBooks with no RJ45 port like the MacBook Air) and stream high-definition video and audio content from the server. 

1. Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 - 2. xMac mini Server - 3. Presto Gigabit Server PCIe - 4. Presto Gigabit USB 3.0

As you see, just a simple set up and you can build up a solid RAID storage system with Sonnet that is flexible enough to meet your requirements. If we can review any of these points or arrange a web training for you, please let us know.

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