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3Ware Sidecar

A Mac RAID that that offers a high end PCI Express solution By Ko Maruyama
The sidecar RAID from 3Ware isn't new gear featured at NAB this year, but with the advent of more and more high definition resources and 2K+ video, every Mac editor and/or compositor will have to look at the different solutions available to store and access all of those gigantor elements.  It's not just about storage, its about bandwidth too.

Of course most Mac Pro users know that you can stuff a ton of drives into the tower, and those drives are getting bigger and faster all the time, but the 3ware Sidecar offers a very easy plug and play PCI Express to SATA II RAID.  What's the difference?  Firewire 800 = 800Mb/s, SATA II = 3Gb/s!

The configurable 4-bay enclosure can be packed with several additional TB of additional space for your footage.  Moreover, the SATA II drives that you pack into the enclosure are hot swappable and each has its own dedicated channel for the 3ware RAID controller. 

It is a true hardware RAID and you can configure for levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD.   (JBOD is one of my favorite new acronyms: "Just a bunch of drives").  Many of us are already using the JBOD system for different clients without redundancy (you should be backing up tho).   My recent RAID controller failure has made me really nervous about doing any RAID 5 type performance.


Unfortunately Power Mac G5 with PCI-X is NOT SUPPORTED.  You can save $150 right now if you're new to the 3Ware gear - getting the entire kit - - kit! (drives separately) for about $700.    If you have drives that you want to outfit with spare drives, the trays are only $60 (retail), you supply the guts. (up to 750GB SATA II)

You can find out more about these drives and the different controllers, cables and other accessories that 3Ware creates by checking out their website,

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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