12G SAS 16 bay RACK Enclosure
for use with SAS or SATA Drives
The iStoragePro iR16SAE12G Rack Enclosure is equipped with the new 12G high performance SAS expander board, designed with one Mini-SAS 8644 cable connection to a computer installed 12G SAS Controller. This efficient SAS interface provides a cost effective solution without compromising performance or reliability. When the iR16-12G is connected to a 12G SAS Card, it can easily be configured as a RAID 0, 1, 5, 6,10 & JBOD, and is capable of providing the performance and fault-tolerance necessary to protect your valuable video data.
The iR16SAE12G Enclosure connects to your computer installed SAS Controller with 1 Mini-SAS 8644 HD cable. In addition this enclosure is capable of expanding up to 256 drives.
This is a true Enterprise storage solution for the photo or video professional. As an edit storage system there is no better RAID system to be had.
Future proof Thunderbolt compatibility. These enclosures run off PCIe mounted RAID controllers. Areca has provided Thunderbolt drivers for the 1883x RAID controller card that MacGurus recommends as the best controller for this RAID system. If you move your work to a new platform with Thunderbolt, we simply use a Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion adapter and continue use without need for reformatting and at the same performance levels as enjoyed in a PCIe slot.
SAS Expansion enclosures can be hooked up to either a 12G host card using an SPF 8644 to 8644 MiniSAS cable, or to a 6G controller using a 8088 to 8644 adapter MiniSAS cable. You can also chain 6G expansion enclosures after the 12G using the adapter cable.
Notes: Full 12G speeds require a host card attached to a PCIe revision 3 slot and 12G drives. At this time only a few PCs have Rev3 PCIe slots, and only some very spendy SAS drives are 12G. The best a Mac can do is Revision 2, either in a PCIe MacPro tower or a newer Mac with Thunderbolt2, which is also Revision 2 PCIe as well. That isn't saying the 12G system isn't faster than a 6G, even on a Rev 2 bus, it is! And with enough SATAIII 6G drives you can push the max bandwidth well over 2GB/sec. Just don't expect full 12g speeds until we have Thunderbolt3 and PCIe revision 3 buses to attach to. ~Rick
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