Advanced Technology and Systems (ADTX) has rolled out its Mac compatible K Series Ultra160 RAID system, a new system designed for use where “very high” throughput is needed — such as uncompressed and high definition video, as well as high performance video servers on a fast network, according to Ken Vitto of ADTX.
ADTX K Series RAID systems, which are debuting at this week’s DV Expo in Los Angeles, use an Ultra160 SCSI interface that enables sustained data transfer rates of up to 111MB/sec with a single SCSI channel and up to 215MB/sec using dual channels and dual chassis’. These sustained data transfer rates are even better then they appear when you consider that this high performance can be achieved while the data is protected from hard drive failure under a hardware RAID level 5 configuration, Vitto said.
Capacities of up to 600GB fit in a single 2U rack mount. That means over a terabyte of storage will fit into just 4U of rack space. As storage needs grow, the ADTX K Series units can be chained together for multiple terabytes of storage capacity. Plus, the K Series can function as a rack mount or a desktop when placed on a desk, table or shelf.
The K Series hardware RAID controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3 and 5; you may choose the level of protection for your data. Hot swap hard drives, dual hot swap power supplies and hot swap fan units reduce the chance of downtime, Vitto said. If replacement of these parts is required, the ADTX RAID will continue to function at full performance during the process, he added.
Pricing on the K Series depends on the capacity of the unit. For example, the 360GB model has a suggested retail price of $4,859. More info can be found at
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