Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sonnet Introduces New Fusion Storage System

Sonnet Fusion F2QRSonnet Technologies has just announced the new Fusion F2QR portable teo-drive hardware RAID storage system. Physically this device is very compact and is about the size of two CD cases stacked on top of each other. The drives come mounted side-by-side and are also housed in a sturdy aluminum case.

The system itself contains two 2.5" 1TB hard drives and is based on the Fusion F2, a portable two-drive raid SATA storage system. As far as features go, the F2QR adds a built-in hardware RAID controller for configuring the drives, a quad interface with eSATA, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports for compatibility with pretty much anything. In addition to that, the two 1TB drives also offer a large amount of storage.

This device also delivers high performance with up to 160 MB/second read and 100 MB/second write data transfer rates as well as being bus powered by a FireWire port on the computer, regardless of the interface you are using. Mounted inside the case, both drives are shock resistant and vibration resistant in order to help protect against rough handling, according to CEO of Sonnet Technologies Robert Farnsworth. The engineered aluminum case also effectively transfers heat, eliminating the need for an external or internal fan.

The F2QR also features a built-in hardware RAID controller that manages the drives and enables the system to connect to a computer with a single cable. The F2QR also supports fast (RAID 0), safe (RAID 1), big (Span) and JBOD configurations without relying on OS RAID or a specialized controller card. In addition to that, the included configuration utility software also supports Mac and Windows operating systems.

The quad interface of the device also offers users three different ways to connect the storage system to their computer. Users can connect via either an eSATA, FireWire 800 or USB 2.0 interface and Sonnet includes all the cables for each interface allowing you to connect immediately. The Fusion F2QR is available now for a retail price of $569.

Source: Mac News - Sonnet Introduces Fusion Storage Solution

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