Where you will use a storage system will often determine your selection. Whether sitting on a desk, mounted in a server or equipment rack, or placed on whatever surface you can find while working on location, Sonnet's Fusion™ F3 is a great choice for your high-speed storage needs. This 2-drive hardware RAID storage system has the features demanded by audio and video professionals—high throughput performance, rugged design, and quiet operation—plus the flexibility of a quad interface and the convenience of an integrated universal power supply. Fusion F3 encloses its high-performance 3.5" SATA RAID drives in a stylish aluminum and steel case that fits equally well in recording studios, high-end A/V racks, and desktop or mobile video editing systems.
Internal Hardware RAID and Quad Interface
A built-in high performance RAID controller manages Fusion F3's drives, and enables single cable to host connection. It supports fast (RAID 0), safe (RAID 1), and JBOD(1) (Just a Bunch of Disks) configurations, so you can choose the setup that best suits your needs. RAID mode configuration is OS independent, so the F3 can be connected directly to an audio editing/mixing interface (and other devices that support the feature) via FireWire interface without requiring a computer to link the storage system and device. Its quad interface makes it a cinch to connect Fusion F3 to your computer—select the eSATA or FireWire 800 interface for maximum speed or medium speed, respectively, or choose FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 for flexibility. Sonnet includes the cables for each interface, so you don't need to buy a new one or search for a spare.
When set to Fast mode (RAID 0) and the system connected through an eSATA controller like Sonnet's Tempo SATA E4P, Tempo SATA X4P, or Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34, Fusion F3 can sustain transfer rates of up to 195 MB/sec read and write, fast enough for multiple streams of compressed video editing and perfect for use with multichannel audio work. When set to Safe mode (RAID 1) and the system connected via eSATA, Fusion F3 can sustain read/write transfer rates of up to 105 MB/sec while protecting the data by mirroring files on both drives.
Rugged and Reliable
Fusion F3's rugged aluminum and steel case is designed to withstand rough handling, but what's inside makes this storage system unique and well suited for use in environments that cause lesser systems to fail. Mounted side-by-side, each of the F3’s drives is mounted on its own multi-point shock/vibration isolation sled to virtually eliminate vibration-related problems such as cross-coupled vibration—a potential source of soft-error-induced skipped frames in video capture and playback. Dual temperature-controlled fans with automatic failover help ensure system reliability. Fusion F3 supports Sonnet's exclusive locking eSATA cables, which provide a secure link between the F3 and Tempo PCIe and PCI-X eSATA host controller cards, even when subjected to heavy vibration.
Rack-Mountable and Desk-Stackable
Fusion F3 systems may be stacked on a flat surface, or one or two systems may be installed side-by-side in a standard rack with the optional rackmount kit. The F3 is 1U high (1.75"), half-rack wide (8.5"), and only 14.25" deep. Front mounted power and drive configuration switches, as well as indicators for drive activity, drive and fan fault, and power, are perfect for rack accessibility. An integrated power supply ensures there's no external brick to dangle or come unplugged.
Integrated Hardware RAID Controller—Supports fast (RAID 0), safe (RAID 1), and JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) configurations(1); configuration is OS independent.
Flexible—eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire400, and USB interfaces enable single cable connection to most computers
Fast—When set to Fast mode (RAID 0) and connected via eSATA, Fusion F3 can sustain transfer rates of up to 195 MB/sec
Durable and Dependable—Rugged aluminum and steel outer case construction, and unique multi-point shock/vibration isolation sleds protect the drives and ensure reliable operation
Elegant Design—An attractive milled aluminum faceplate and metal controls lend the appearance of an audiophile component. Power, activity, and fault indicators automatically dim in darkened A/V installations
Desktop or Rackmount—Systems may be stacked on a flat surface, or mounted in a standard rack with the optional rackmount kit. Front mounted controls and indicator LEDs are perfect for rack accessibility
Locking eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB cables included
Compatible with Sonnet's Tempo SATA E4P, Tempo SATA X4P, or Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34, host controllers