The Sans Digital EliteSTOR ES104X+B is a 1U 4-bay rack-mountable solution with mini-SAS connection for high transfer rates of up to 400MB/s. It supports SAS or SATA I/II hard drives to offer choices of high performance or high capacity storage, and with high bandwidth mini-SAS (SFF-8088) cabling, it delivers superior read/write speeds that are crucial in performance-driven environments.
Four ball bearing fans keep the whole thing cool. Indicator LEDs are provided to warn of HDD, temperature or failed LED. An 80Plus 220W power supply provides adequate power even under heavy load. The ES104X+B is an ideal storage solution for servers or video editing workstations.
Works well, and inexpensive
Pros: We purchased this for Just A Bunch of Disks (JBOD) for our server rack. We using it for CHEAP STORAGE, to backup files to using Backup Exec. We needed something that would talk SAS because we already had a MINI SAS controller that was backing up our Enterprise to TAPE. Surprisingly Dell/HP/IBM didn't sell a cheap solution. With (4) 2TB drives, giving us a cool 8TB of storage, we "extended" a small rackmount server that already had 3TB of storage in it for backups. 11TB of hard disk space for backups! HOW COOL IS THAT, all for ~$500 for the device and ~$400 for drives!
Cons: Not a huge knock, but the rails are designed for round hole racks, we have square. Our clips don't properly line up to these rails. I bet it lines up fine in a round hole telco rack though.
Other Thoughts: This is a device built to be used for tons of cheap storage. It isn't a RAID set (but Sans Digital sells those too)... but for JBOD, this is perfect, and does so inexpensively, reliably, and simply. What else could you want?
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