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Sans Digital Offers High-Performance 6G RAID Enclosures

Storage vendor Sans Digital is shipping a new 16-hard drive bay direct attached storage array that includes a controller card for managing a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) that offloads RAID calculations from the computer or enclosure to the dedicated RAID engine to speed up performance. The EliteSTOR ES316X6+BHP is a 3U, 16-bay, 6G RAID storage rackmount for high capacity storage usage. The RAID controller, an ARC1882X PCI-Express processor, comes equipped with a dual core RAID-on-Chip 800MHz chipset and 1GB of DDR3 memory.

The storage administrator can control RAID setup and maintenance through a browser-based application. RAID modes supported include 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 1+0, 3+0, 5+0, and 6+0; the unit can also work with non-RAID drive setups.

The product line includes four models with RAID features, with storage capacity from eight terabytes to 48TB. Those are expandable to 360TB, via a built-in SAS expansion port that enables the system to connect up to five units or 120 HDD drives daisy-chained together.

The company said the unit should appeal to IT administrators looking for "an ultra fast and expandable enclosure of both small and large data," but would also be especially useful for "creative professionals" who work with multiple streams of uncompressed high-definition video.

"After countless hours of testing by our engineers, we can now officially state that our EliteSTOR products have been proven to support ultra fast performance needed for 4K video editing and playback," said Stanley Chan, director of business development.

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