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Product: CineRaid Quad-bay SATA/SAS RAID Device
Date: July 25, 2008
Author: Colin Dean
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: CineRaid
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Discussion: Discuss in Forums



Introduction

Every now and then, ThinkComputers gets the opportunity to review a piece of hardware which we'd consider dream hardware. Sometimes it's attainable, but it's excess to most of us. The CineRaid Quad-bay SAS RAID device is one of these. It's an external RAID device: it connects via a PCI-Express Serial Attached Storage card and adds extremely fast and failure-tolerant storage to a system. It's meant primarily for professional graphic artists, but we gamers can drool and perhaps even purchase one of our own if we have a burning need for speed. ThinkComputers reviews it.

Features & Specifications

Features:
- Designed to fully support Areca's I2C function
- Supports S.M.A.R.T, NCQ and OOB staggered Spin-up capable drivers
- Hot-Swap and hot-spare support for easy maintenance
- Front panel power, activity, and fault LED's (I2C
- Silent operation

RAID Features:
- RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 or JBOD
- Multiple RAID selection
- Array roaming
- Online RAID level/stripe size migration
- Online Volume set growth
- Instant availability and background initialization
- Automatic insertion/removal detection and rebuild
- Greater than 2TB per volume set
- Supports S.M.A.R.T, NCQ and OOB staggered Spin-up capable drivers
- Support spin down drivers when not in use to extend service life (MAID)
- Support NTP PROtocol to synchronize RAID controller clock over on-board Ethernet port

RAID Monitors/Notifications:
- Activity & Fault LEDsZ
- Warning buzzer
- I2C Enclosure management ready

Operating System:
- Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista
- Linux (RedHat, SuSE, Debian, Mandrake, TurboLinux, CentoOS, etc)
- FreeBSD
- Novell Netware 6.5
- Solaris 10 X86/x86_64
- SCO UnixWare 7.X.X
- Mac OS X

Packaging

The Cineraid quad-bay arrived from Areca in a brown carton and was very well-packed. The PCI-Express card was a little loose, but it traveled well. When I was unboxing the device, I felt like I was unboxing a mini Mac Pro.


The box contains the Cineraid device, the PCI-Express expansion card to support the RAID device, a serial cable for I2C communications, a mini-SAS cable to connect the device to the expansion card, manuals, a driver CD, and a power cable.


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