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FirewireDirect.com Ships New Vanguard Ultra Elite 12 Fibre RAID

12-bay system offers 2 gigabit fibre channel RAID solution By Dave Nagel
FirewireDirect.com has started shipping the Vanguard Ultra Elite 12 Fibre System. The Vanguard Elite is a 2 gigabit fibre-channel RAID system offering 200 MB per second dual loop fibre throughputs. It's available now for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

The Vanguard Ultra Elite Fibre System is a 3U rackmount system offering 512 MB cache and an IBM RISC processor for handling up to 12 hard drive mechanisms. At maximum capacity it offers up to 3 TB of storage (with 12 250 GB drives) and supports RAID 0, 1, 3, 5 and 0+1, plus RAID 3 and 5 with hot spares. Other features include:

  • Hot-swappable redundant power supplies and fans;
  • Security and backup features;
  • Front-panel configuration with information on array state, cache usage, channel speed and state, logical drive configuration, channel assignment, individual drive state, voltage and temperatures.




The Vanguard Ultra Elite 12 Fibre System is available now for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Prices vary widely based on configuration, but bare systems start at $5,695, while a fully loaded, 3 TB system with 12 250 GB drives sells for $9,695. Custom configurations are also available. For more information, visit http://www.firewiredirect.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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