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Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the Addonics RAID Rack family of 1U rack-mount chassis with removable drive systems for attaching four 3.5-inch SATA hard drives of any capacity to a system via a single eSATA, USB 3.0, Firewire 800 or mini SAS connection.
The family is designed to offer storage solutions for video storage or any application that requires a high capacity, reliable storage system. The four drives can be configured as a RAID group or as independent drives.
You can start your RAID Rack with just one hard drive and expand by adding more hard drives as your storage requirement grows. You have a choice of models with Port Multipliers or with direct drive connection via eSATA or mini SAS cables. Drives are added or removed directly like tape cartridges. The RAID Rack is multi-OS compatible depending on the host controller.
One of the new 1U RAID Rack models is the R1ESU3F (pictured) that comes integrated with a hardware Port Multiplier with RAID accelerator for high performance. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for this model is US$359.
Another model is the $299 R1MSAS, which supports connecting all four drives via a single mini SAS cable to a system equipped with a mini SAS connector (SFF-8088). The four drives can be used as independent drives or set to RAID via the RAID utility of the OS or the attached controller. Mini SAS cable connection can be as long as 10 feet.
Both models are shipping. Visit http://www.addonics.com/category/raid_rack.php#s10333 for more information.