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PROMISE VTM610I RAID 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10,and 50 16 3.5" Drive Bays Dual full-duplex 1Gb iSCSI ports over copper cabling RAID Sub-Systems

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  • SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
  • 16 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10,and 50

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Promise VTrak M-Class iSCSI M610i Hard Drive Enclosure is a new generation that provides wide interoperability with rich iSCSI/IP SAN features including immediate data, CHAP, VLAN, Link Aggregation, Jumbo Frame, iSNS for network device discovery and near wire speed performance. These functions give network administrators the flexibility to solve tough storage problems with minimum disruption to clients. The VTrak VT610i builds on Promise's success of rock-solid iSCSI technology at an affordable price.

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SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
External I/O
Dual full-duplex 1Gb iSCSI ports over copper cabling
256MB cache with 72-hour battery backup included
RAID Levels
RAID 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10,and 50
Multiple global or dedicated hot-spare drives with revertible option
Max LUNs per subsystem
256 in any combination of RAID levels and array types
Max LUNs per array
32 logical drives (LUNs); Supports LUN Carving by allowing an array to be divided into multiple logical drives; RAID level, stripe size, sector size and cache policy can be configured per LUN.


3.5" Drive Bays

System Management

OS Supported
Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Linux (Red Hat, SuSE), Macintosh OS X, Solaris, Netware
Management Interfaces
Ethernet, RS-232 Serial Port; SNMP,SSL, Telnet; Email, audible (buzzer), visible (LEDs) alarms

Mechanical Spec

Power Consumption
116.29Watts (under load w/o HDD),
426.74Watts (under load with SAS HDD)
Power Supply
Dual 400W, 100-240 Vac auto-ranging, 50-60 Hz, dual hot swap and redundant with PFC, N+1 design


5 to 40°C
95% maximum (Non-Condensing)


IP-SAN flexibility and value
High storage density
Easy to install and manage

Dimensions & Weight

22.1" x 17.6" x 5.2"
58.7 lbs.
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  • Anonymous
  • 2/22/2011 11:43:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNot bad for gen 2,but you should see gen 3

Pros: Great unit for the price. Very reliable. Acquired over 1 year ago. Previous unit (600i) had no failures in over 5 yrs of use, still running strong. This compares favorably to our big name SAN which kills a controller like clockwork every year. The latest version of low price SANS from Promise, the VESSRAID 1830 & 1840, add even more flexability to the mix at a lower price point.

Cons: Don't have one at home. Quirky error can occur during LV creation. A very minor pain with an easy workaround. Problem didn't exist in the earlier version.

Other Thoughts: Management through the built-in web interface makes setup easy. Initial setup requires a serial cable to config the management IP. Performs periodic automatic diag on all components.

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  • Ohio B.
  • 5/26/2009 12:48:07 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsI would by another (own 3 already)

Pros: Awesome product, although I have to admit not having used any others in this category. I found it straightforward to setup - notice I didn't say easy, but only b/c I don't think this is something for consumers - if you need this, you will likely understand how it works and have no negative issues.

Cons: Biggest downside is that I haven't got one for home (yet) :) Other "problem" was with a 6 year old unit with 1 of the redundant power supplies bad - the PS was no longer manufactured, which is nearly understandable. While support was easy to contact, it took forever to find out from sales that the PS was unavailable. I let them know this wasn't acceptable, so hopefully that changes. I don't think it is bad to have a disagreeable answer, but no answer over 3-4 days is too long.

Other Thoughts: I've setup redundant links, but using them as DAS with standard NICs. I'd definitely buy more, given the price and my experiences with these units as DAS. The iSCSI should be great for a "SAN" too if I ever get to the point of needing more than 32TB on any one server.

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  • Efrain R.
  • 1/20/2009 1:21:55 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSome techie details

Pros: Good unit for the price, performance, features, ease of use. High reliability. Handles drive failover flawlessly.

Cons: Does not have settings for jumbo packets or flow control which would improve performance and reliability when used as a SAN (particularly supporting database environments). Manuals leave a bit to be desired. Telnet interface is better for more complex setups and functionality.

Other Thoughts: We bought the older 15 drive unit in 2005, still running fine no failures. More reliable then our other SAN (IBM DS300). Very easy to set up and manage via web interface.

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  • John A.
  • 4/16/2008 6:44:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: The price is great. The support is surprisingly good for a product at this price. The performance is very good for the price. Using Seagate ST31000340AS drives it was able to outperform units from EMC/Dell.

Cons: Somewhat unpolished and quirky. There are misspellings in the interface. The most recent firmware release (2.26) is unstable and reboots the controller 2-3 times/day. Promise RMA'd the controller and the replacement acted the same. Firmware release 2.21 has been stable for us though.

Other Thoughts: Promise support really surprised me. They are reasonably available and responsive. Their technical understanding isn't high and I spent a lot of time waiting for them to confer with their support engineers, but overall it was pretty good especially for the price of these units.

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  • Carter M.
  • 2/3/2008 7:17:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNot bad!

Pros: Easy setup, FAST, flexable. We use this for our Windows and Linux hosts, and for backups. I've pushed the max 100MB/sec with an 8-drive array.

Cons: Doesn't work with VMWare/ESX. Random I/O isn't great, but acceptable for SATA drives.

Other Thoughts: For around $10K for 16TB of storage, you can't beat this for low-end SAN - or even DAS if you need to go that route with it.

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