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South African Post-Production Company THE MONK Chooses Sonnet's Fusion(TM) DX800RAID SATA Storage System

8TB Disk Array Provides Performance, Fault Tolerance Required for High-End HD Finishing Work (June 15, 2011)
DMN Newswire--2011-6-15--Sonnet Technologies today announced that THE MONK, an independent video post-production company based in Cape Town, South Africa, has chosen Sonnet's Fusion(TM) DX800RAID high-performance, eight-drive RAID SATA storage system to support on-location editing and provide storage for production of high-end retail commercials and other television productions.

The owner of THE MONK, video producer/online artist Grant Aerts, performs post-production finishing work for a wide range of commercials, long-form TV programs, and local features using Autodesk(R) Smoke(R) for Mac(R), running on a dual (2 x 2.26 GHz) quad-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Mac Pro. Aerts chose the Fusion DX800RAID for its high performance, and its reliability resulting from data protection in case of a drive failure.

"I've been very pleased with the Fusion DX800RAID; in fact, it's the most stable unit in my small arsenal of hardware," said Aerts. "Since most of my projects are finished in HD using 4K source material, I have very demanding requirements for storage and backup -- and high performance and fault tolerance are absolutely critical. The DX800RAID definitely can handle these files and offers the reliability and easy expandability I require for managing uncompressed HD while protecting the data at the same time."

Aerts selected the 8TB version of the Fusion DX800RAID, which delivers breakthrough performance and proven data safety in an affordable, direct-attached disk array for the desktop. With its eight drives formatted as a RAID 5 group (data protection for a single-drive failure), a Fusion DX800RAID yields impressive read and write file transfer speeds of up to 870 MB/sec and 850 MB/sec, respectively -- and its whisper-quiet operation makes it well-suited for use in noise-sensitive environments. The reliability of the Fusion DX800RAID is further enhanced through SES (SCSI Enclosure Services) 2.0 compliance, a feature more commonly found on enterprise storage systems, as well as enhanced S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data reporting for each hard drive installed in the system.

"With the SES functionality, I can monitor the status of the drives, power supply, and temperature in real time through easy-to-access utility screens, or by glancing at the conveniently placed LEDs on the enclosure," added Aerts. "Plus, S.M.A.R.T. data can be used to notify me of an impending drive failure, enabling me to minimize downtime as a result."

More information about Sonnet Technologies and the company's products is available at

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THE MONK is an independent, online division of Priest Post Facility, and provides complete post-production and editing services for high-end and retail TV commercials and features. THE MONK is owned and operated by Grant Aerts, who has won multiple local and international awards in the broadcast industry. Aerts has more than 18 years of editing and online experience, working with major companies such as Video Lab, Condor Cape Town, and Waterfront Studios. Founded in January 2011, THE MONK completed work on more than 50 TV commercials in just six weeks, including two campaigns featuring the work of prominent TV directors in South Africa.

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 units with quad interfaces, to eight- and 16-drive solutions with internal SAS expanders, to 16-drive, 16-port, 8Gb Fibre Channel shared storage systems that are expandable to 384 TB. Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh, Windows, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at

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