When it comes to choosing a storage system, your selection is often
determined by where you will use it. 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 all 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 portable video editing
Internal Hardware RAID and Quad Interface
The high performance RAID controller built into Fusion F3 controls
its two 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.
Fusion F3's quad interface makes it a cinch to connect to your
computer or its SATA controller card. 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.
With its drives initialized as a RAID 0 set and the system
connected through an eSATA controller like Sonnet's Tempo SATA E4P,
Tempo SATA X4P, or Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34, Fusion F3 can
sustain transfer rates of up to 200 MB/sec, fast enough for
multiple streams of compressed video editing and perfect for use
with multichannel audio work. With its drives initialized as a RAID
1 set and the system connected via eSATA, Fusion F3 can sustain
read/write transfer rates of up to 105 MB/sec, while protecting the
data by mirroring the data on both drives.
Rugged and Reliable
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
side by side 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
Rack-Mountable and Desk-Stackable
Fusion F3 systems may be stacked on a flat surface, or one or two
systems side-by-side may be installed in a standard rack with the
optional rackmount kit. The F3 is 1U high (1.75"), half-rack wide
(8.5"), and only 14.25" deep. Front mounted power and drive
configuration switches, as well as indicators for drive activity,
drive and fan fault, and power, are perfect for rack accessibility.
An integrated power supply means there's no external brick to
dangle or come unplugged.
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