The Epic-DS FireWire RAID utilizes Oxford Semiconductor’s popular Oxford 911 ATA-100 FireWire bridge. The RAID system utilizes redundant power supplies to keep operating even in the event of a partial equipment failure, as well as multiple cooling fans. It can be configured as a single or dual-channel device and offers performance up to 47MB/sec reads and 38MB/sec writes.
Two separate rackmount configurations are currently being offered on FirewireDirect’s Web site: a 900GB model that costs US$4,575 and a 1,080GB model that carries a $5,995 price tag. Both systems are compatible with Mac OS and Windows 2000.