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Fusion RX1600 RAID with 6Gb Controller - 64TB

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Mfr PN: FUS-RX16S6-64TB
Our PN: SNTN5190038
Manufacturer: Sonnet
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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Rackmount 16-drive RAID SATA storage system with internal SAS expander.



Manufacturer Part Number: FUS-RX16S6-64TB

HD Optimized Performance
Sonnets Fusion RAID storage systems are widely recognized for their performance and dependability, providing users the data throughput and protection critical in the growing field of high definition video editing work. Fusion RX1600RAID takes these attributes to a new level. Building on proven technologies, the Fusion RX1600RAID rackmount 16-drive SATA storage system offers the fastest performance and biggest capacity yet of any Sonnet storage system plus the easy expandability featured in the Fusion DX800RAID, and adds Enterprise-class features to the mix. Fusion RX1600RAID storage systems are designed for work environments where performance and fault tolerance are critical, and maximum availability a must. Fusion RX1600RAID storage systems easily handle uncompressed HD while protecting the data at the same time, yet flexible enough to be configured for any workflow.

Under real world use (drives 85% filled and fragmented) with its drives formatted as a RAID 5 group (sixteen 1TB drives striped with parity across all group members), a Fusion RX1600RAID system is capable of 2K (2048 x 1556) LOG RGB capture and playback. A Fusion RX1600RAID system can achieve up to 1000 MB/sec read and 750 MB/sec write (AJA Kona 1080HD test), fast enough to handle uncompressed 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD, or multiple streams of ProRes 422, uncompressed 8-bit 1080 HD, DV, HDV, and DVCPRO video.

With drives formatted as a RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 6, or DVRAID group, Fusion RX1600RAID systems offer file protection in the event of a drive failure (two drives when formatted as a RAID 6 group). You can configure your system to provide visual and audible alerts, including e-mail notification in the event of a drive failure. A drive can be swapped out and the RAID group rebuilt in around four hours, or you can continue to work at reduced bandwidth while the RAID group rebuilds in the background.

RAID Flexibility
Fusion RX1600RAID systems support RAID 4 (DV RAID), 5, 6, and 10 for balanced performance and protection; RAID 1 for ultimate redundancy; and RAID 0 for pure, unadulterated speed; JBOD support is available, too. Fusion RX1600RAID systems even support hot sparesyou can set up your RAID group so that one or more designated hot spare drives wait unused in the background to automatically replace a failed drive without you having to lift a finger. All this flexibility is accomplished without switchesa simple to use configuration utility enables you to optimize your setup for specific workflow requirements.

Easy Expandability
When your job calls for access to more than 16TB of files, Sonnet offers an economical upgrade path that is simple to deployFusion RX1600RAID storage expansion systems. Each RX1600RAID storage system features an internal SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) expander that enables you to connect additional RX1600RAID enclosures in a daisy chain, no additional RAID controller card needed. This simplifies installation and significantly reduces your cost to expand capacity. Of course, if your needs are simpler, each system includes user-swappable drive modules so you can easily change sets of drives as you go.

Status Supervisor
The reliability of the Fusion RX1600RAID is further enhanced through SES (SCSI Enclosure Services) 2.0 compliance and enhanced S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) data reporting for each hard drive installed in the system. Built into the Fusion RX1600RAID enclosure, SES functionality provides enhanced real-time monitoring and reporting of drive, power supply, and temperature status, with real-time results displayed in utility application screens and the illumination of conveniently placed LEDs on the enclosure. Warning alarms sound in case of a power supply or fan issue, too. S.M.A.R.T. data criteria can be used to notify you of an impending drive failure and enable you to minimize downtime as a result.

Master Controller
The heart of a Fusion RX1600RAID storage system is the Sonnet PCI Express RAID controller. This powerhouse is based on the latest-generation Intel IOP348 RAID processor running at 1.2 GHz, which can handle the throughput from all the drives with plenty of overhead. The Sonnet RAID controller is configured with 256MB of ECC-protected RAM, especially important to maintain data stream writes as the disk array nears capacity.

Driving Force
Fusion RX1600RAID storage systems employ Enterprise/RAID Edition hard drives and select latest-generation standard drives(2). These drives are subjected to hours of additional, stringent testing to check for soft errors, vibration, and other reliability predictorsjust the sturdiest drives pass these tests and are prepared with special RAID-optimized firmware. The Enterprise/RAID drives offered by Sonnet have higher MTBF (mean time between failure) specs and carry longer warranties (5-year vs. 3-year) than standard drives.

Versatile Performance
These systems are ideal for use in mixed environmentsvarious operating systems, editing applications and output demands requiring the flexibility and interoperability that Fusion RX1600RAID storage systems provide. Fusion RX1600RAID systems support Mac OS X, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux. They are compatible with capture cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox, and Bluefish444, and work with all mainstream video editing applications including Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.

Key Features

  • High Performance: A single Fusion RX1600RAID system with sixteen 1TB drives (configured as RAID 5) delivers up to 1000 MB/sec read, 750 MB/sec write data transfers
  • File Protection: Fusion RX1600RAID supports RAID levels 4, 5, and 6 to protect data in case of a drive failure (two drives with RAID 6) while maintaining great performance
  • Monitored Operation: SES (SCSI Enclosure Services) and S.M.A.R.T. data reporting provide real-time monitoring and reporting of the enclosure and drives status
  • Enterprise Class Components: Redundant, universal 100240V, 50/60Hz power supplies, and redundant fan modules are hot-swappable
  • Easy, Economic Expandability: Internal SAS expander enables you to connect up to eight RX1600RAID enclosures to a single Sonnet RAID controller card
  • Better Windows Support: Overcomes volume size limit in Windows to fully support volumes larger than 2TB
  • Drive Activity, Drive Presence, Power, SES, and Link LED indicators
  • RoHS compliant


  • Hardware
    • Warranty 5-year
    • Data Transfer Speed Up to 1000 MB/s read, 750 MB/sec write, depending on configuration
    • Supported Drive Configurations Hardware-based JBOD; RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, and 10
    • Supported Video Formats 2K (2048 x 1556) LOG RGB, 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD, uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD, ProRes 422, DV, HDV, DVCPRO, and uncompressed SD
  • Sonnet 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Controller Card
    • Not included in Expansion units!
    • Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x8
    • External Connectors Two mini-SAS
    • RAID Processor Marvell 88RC9580
    • Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
  • RX1600RAID Drive Enclosure
    • External Connectors Four mini-SAS
    • Drives Supported 3 and 1.5 Gb per second Serial ATA; up to 7,200 RPM
    • Power Supplies 350W, 100-240V, 50/60Hz Universal
    • Operating Temperature +41 F to +104 F (5 C to +40 C)
    • Dimensions WxDxH: 17.4 x 21 x 5.2 in (42.2 x 53.3 x 13.2 cm)
    • Weight (with drives) 59.5 lbs (27 kg)
    • Noise Fusion RX1600RAID: 60 dBA
    • RoHS Compliant Yes

Included Items

  • Rackmount disk enclosure, two rackmount rail assemblies and mounting hardware, Sonnet RAID controller, two 2-meter mini-SAS cables, sixteen 3.5' drive modules, two power cords, software CD, users guides


  • OS Compatibility
    • Mac OS X Version 10.4.8+ (including Snow Leopard)
    • Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2003, and XP Pro
    • Linux (RedHat ES 3, 4; Suse RedHat ES 3, 4; Suse Linux 9, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 10, 10.1 and the following architectures: i386; x86_64 (AMD64, Intel EM64T)
  • Hardware Compatibility
    • Mac, Windows, or Linux computer with available x8 or x16 PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 slot(4)

Technical Notes
Although hard drive manufacturers and Mac OS X 10.6 define 1 gigabyte as 1,000,000,000 byte, many other computer operating systems calculate a gigabyte by dividing the bytes by 1,073,741,824 (). This distinction may be a cause of confusion, as a hard disk with a manufacturer rating of 1000GB may have its capacity reported by the operating system as 915GB.

Sonnet Technologies has qualified and specifies the hard drives listed here for use in Fusion RX1600RAID storage systems. These drives were chosen for their superior performance, error handling, and reliability characteristics, especially when used in RAID groups. Sonnet recommends the use of these Enterprise/RAID edition hard drives and select, Sonnet certified desktop hard drives in your Fusion storage system to ensure system reliability and performance. STANDARD DRIVES MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED AND MAY DEGRADE SYSTEM RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE.

1TB Models
Hitachi Deskstar E7K1000, # HDE721010SLA330
Hitachi Ultrastar A7K1000, # HUA721010KLA330
Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000, # HUA722010CLA330
Seagate Barracuda ES.2, # ST31000340NS(3)

2TB Models
Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000, # HUA722020ALA330

Only Seagate ES.2 drives with firmware versions SN06 and newer compatible. Seagate ES.2 drives with firmware versions SN03, SN04, or SN05 are NOT compatible. Click here to view location of firmware number on hard drive.

PCI Express 1.0 compatible, and x4 slot compatible, but may have decreased overall performance when used.


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