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1stDesign Announces IntelliRaid FC

Enterprise Level Fibre Channel Storage at Desktop Prices (February 03, 2006)

1stDesign, a division of 1 Beyond, Inc., today announced a groundbreaking SATA2 RAID enterprise-level storage system, featuring dual 4 Gigabit Fibre Channel connections. The new IntelliRaid FC is the industrys only, intelligent, direct attached storage system designed specifically for video professionals.  With prices starting at just $8,995 it is also one of the most cost-effective solutions on the market.  Available immediately, IntelliRaid FC will be demonstrated for the first time at NAB 2006 on booth number SL942. 

Thanks to a redundant dual 2 or 4 Gigabit Fibre Channel interface, IntelliRaid FC is able to increase reliability while providing the throughput necessary for todays high demand environments and workflow needs such as those of the post-production industry and 24/7 broadcast operations.

Built with the latest SATA2 drive technology to maximize storage power and cost efficiencies, IntelliRaid FC offers a level of performance unsurpassed in its price range, and greatly improves workflow efficiency by permitting users to work in real-time.

Unlike other storage solutions currently in this market, setup, interrogation and error reporting of IntelliRaid FC 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 FC sends users clear messages and instructions in plain language 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, users can interrogate the status of IntelliRaid remotely from any computer on the network or even remotely from off site locations.


IntelliRaid FC s 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. Should 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 product line is its flexibility: IntelliRaid arrays are available in 12 and 16 disk arrays. The entire IntelliRaid product line shares the same intelligent controller design that can be configured in RAID 0, 1, 1-0, 3 5 and 6. The arrays also share intelligent enterprise level features never before seen in desktop units. For example, they can be changed from one RAID type or size to another without shutting down and unloading all data. After reconfiguration, the location of data across the new RAID array is automatically optimized.  Moreover, IntelliRaid FC 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.

?The Broadcast and post production industries have long been looking for an affordable yet high-performance solution to their storage needs.  Not only has IntelliRaid filled that void but it has also created a new price performance benchmark in industry, comments Jeff Burgess, CEO and founder of JB&A.

Pricing and availability

With prices starting at just $8,995, IntelliRaid FC 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.  For more information call 415-892-6641 or visit

About 1st Design

1st Design is the recently created storage division of 1 Beyond, Inc., a leading manufacturer of professional PC-based video editing and compositing systems available at a fraction of the cost of traditional high-end systems. This value leadership is due to constant technical innovation, including 10 years of industry firsts.  With a decades experience developing unique storage solutions for the video industry at all levels, 1 Beyond created the 1stDesign division to focus exclusively on storage technology sold through a video reseller channel.

For more information call 877-663-2396 or visit

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