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Sonnet Introduces Rackmount 1U System With PCIe 2.0 Expansion Slot for the Thunderbolt(TM)-Technology-Enabled Mac(R) mini Com

Sonnet's RackMac(TM) mini Xserver Enables a Mac(R) mini With Thunderbolt(TM) Technology to Become a Full-Function Metadata Co (September 06, 2011)
DMN Newswire--2011-9-6--Sonnet Technologies today announced that it will introduce the RackMac(TM) mini Xserver rackmount 1U system with a PCIe 2.0 expansion slot for Thunderbolt(TM)-technology-enabled Mac(R) mini computers at IBC2011. This system securely mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U enclosure, which also contains one PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, a 75W power supply, plus a Thunderbolt daisy-chain port. This system enables users to connect one half-length PCIe 2.0 adapter card to the Mac mini via a Thunderbolt cable, while allowing the connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals to the daisy-chain Thunderbolt port. The enclosure also delivers strategic airflow cooling to the computer, provides a front-panel power button and USB port, and can automatically power on/off the PCIe expansion slot in unison with the Mac mini.

The RackMac mini Xserver supports one half-length, x16 (x4 mode), PCIe 2.0 card to enable the use of professional video capture cards, 8Gb Fibre Channel cards, 10Gb Ethernet cards, and RAID controller cards with a racked Mac mini, all in a 1U rack space. This enhanced connectivity boosts the computer's potential as a server in a big way. Thunderbolt provides the path for expansion, and Sonnet's system takes it.

With the addition of a Fibre Channel adapter card plugged into the integrated PCIe 2.0 slot plus an Ethernet adapter (either connected to the computer's USB port or to the second Thunderbolt port via Sonnet's Echo(TM) ExpressCard(R)/34 Thunderbolt Adapter), RackMac mini Xserver can transform a Mac mini into a full-function metadata controller for an Xsan(R) or metaSAN metadata master. Racking up a second RackMac mini Xserver provides two redundant metadata controllers occupying a total of just 2U of rack space and costing a fraction of available alternatives.

RackMac mini Xserver can expand a Mac mini's potential uses in many other ways. For example, users can install a high-performance video capture card and connect a Sonnet Qio(TM) Professional Universal Media Reader through Sonnet's Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter to the extra Thunderbolt port to deploy video capture services to a workgroup. With the addition of one or more storage systems connected to a high-performance RAID controller, users can deploy virtually unlimited RAID-protected shared storage across the network.

"With the discontinuation of Apple's Xserve, there has been a gap in the market that the Mac mini Server has not been able to address by itself," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "The RackMac mini Xserver gives the Mac mini Server the ability to handle a new range of services. This powerful computer can now meet its full potential as the heart of mission-critical server environments. The possibilities are nearly limitless."

The RackMac mini Xserver is expected to be available at the end of November, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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About Sonnet Technologies Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leader in providing storage systems and media readers for professional users of Macintosh(R), Windows(R), and UNIX(R) systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. The company's product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable desktop and rackmount RAID storage solutions ranging from two- and four-drive and SSD RAID units, to eight- and 16-drive solutions with advanced RAID controllers, to 16-drive, 16-port, 8Gb Fibre Channel shared storage systems that are expandable to 384TB. Celebrating 25 years in business, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh, Windows, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at Echo is a trademark of Sonnet Technologies, Inc.

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