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1stDesign Announces IntelliRaid

Intelligent, easy to use enterprise level storage starting at $4,595 (September 02, 2005)

1stDesign, a newly created division of 1 Beyond, Inc. a leading provider of digital video editing and compositing storage solutions since 1996, today announced IntelliRaid, a unique, intelligent, direct attached storage system with full fault tolerant RAID support. Designed specifically for video professionals with prices starting at just $4,595, IntelliRaid is the industrys first truly enterprise level storage at desktop prices. The 1st Design division has been created to focus exclusively on storage technology to be sold through a newly created video reseller channel.

This new storage concept offers intelligent controllers with a high level user interface combined with higher performance, flexibility and reliability making it ideal for video production facilities of all sizes.

Among the industry firsts that IntelliRaid offers are:
* Performance: Dual IntelliRaid 320 SCSI controllers with read ahead and write caching of SATA2 drives sustain over 400MBs.
* Reliability: New SATA2 smart drives with up to 1.2 Million hours MTBF at 100% duty cycle coupled with a cable-less backplane design.
* Capacity: The widest range of solutions up to 10 terabytes in a single unit.
* Value: Enterprise level features never before available at this price level.

About IntelliRaid:
Unlike other storage solutions currently in this market, setup, interrogation and error reporting of IntelliRaid are designed to be clear and easy to use. A totally turnkey solution, it is easily installed thanks to an easy to use Graphical User Interface and a built in LCD read out. In addition, trouble-shooting has been simplified as IntelliRaid sends clear messages and instructions in English rather that the usual confusion of switches, thumbwheels and undecipherable beeps.

To further simplify monitoring and trouble shooting, the IntelliRaid controller can automatically inform users and / or their IT department of important status changes by email. When notification is received, interested parties can interrogate the status of IntelliRaid remotely from any computer on the network or even remotely from off site locations.

IntelliRaid enterprise level reliability is achieved with new SATA2 disks with up to 1.2 million hours MTBF at 100% duty cycle, a cable-less backplane, dual power input and redundant hot-swappable power and fans. IntelliRaid also can be configured with ?Hot Spares. If there is a disk failure, the Hot Spare will immediately and automatically take over to replace the failed disk and thereby avoid any data loss. And for ease of maintenance all drives are hot-swappable.

Another key benefit of the IntelliRaid is its flexibility: IntelliRaid arrays are available in 5, 10 and 20 disk arrays. The entire IntelliRaid product line shares the same intelligent controller design which can be configured in Raid 0, 1, 1-0, 3 and 5. They also share intelligent enterprise level features never before seen in desktop units. For example, they can migrate from one Raid configuration to another without shutting down and unloading all data. After reconfiguration, the location of data across the new Raid array will automatically be optimized. Moreover, IntelliRaid can be scaled-up in several dimensions, combined for increased size and performance and purchased partially populated so capacity can be added later. This again is done intelligently without having to unload and reload data.

A new level of performance is achieved through parallel disk control combined with programmable read ahead and write caching yielding consistent and high sustained data rate ideal for SD through HD video applications. For applications that do not require the fastest data rate, the controllers can be accessed separately as a completely redundant back up configuration or for maximum performance use two of these units to back up each other.

Pricing and availability
With prices starting at just $4,595, IntelliRaid is available immediately through select resellers and 1st Designs exclusive distributor of storage solutions, Jeff Burgess & Associates (JB&A), a leading supply chain management provider to the Professional Video and other industries. JB&A distributes software, hardware and manages channels for companies throughout North America...

?We had been searching far and wide for an enterprise level storage solution to add to our portfolio. Our requirements were clear: it had to be able to handle HD, had to be easy to use, designed for the needs of the post-production industry and still be affordable. IntelliRaid was the only one that met and even exceeded all our expectations, and were very happy that 1st Design has chosen JB&A as the exclusive North American distributors of IntelliRaid, comments Jeff Burgess, CEO and founder of JB&A.

JB&A is currently selecting resellers for the IntelliRaid Product Line. Interested resellers should contact Jeff Burgess at 415-892-6641.

About 1st Design
1st Design is the newly created storage division of 1 Beyond, Inc., which manufactures professional PC-based video editing and compositing systems at a fraction of the cost of traditional high-end systems. This value leadership is due to constant technical innovation including 9 years of industry firsts. 1 Beyond, using its 9 years of first hand experience developing unique storage solutions for the video industry at all levels, created the 1stDesign division to focus exclusively on storage technology to be sold through the video reseller channel.

For more information call 877-663-2396.


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