The TowerRAID TR8XP is an 8-bay RAID 5 tower with mini-SAS connection for high transfer rates of up to 650MB/s. The TR8XP is bundled with a high-performance RAID controller card (RR2722, PCIe 2.0 x8 6G RAID controller) that offloads complicated RAID calculations from the computer to lower CPU utilization. High performance could be achieved with a lower cost of ownership compared to RAID embedded subsystems. RAID setup and maintenance could be controlled via built-in web browser interfaces, and the unit is supportive of e-mail notification and real-time event log.
Utilizing high bandwidth mini-SAS (SFF-8088) cabling, the TR8XP supports 6Gb/s SAS or SATA hard drives to deliver superior read / write speeds that are crucial in performance-driven environments such as video editing industry and high performance computer. The mini-SAS connection connects eight hard drives connections into two ports, reducing possible points of failures, while preserving uninterrupted data transfer. The TR8XP also supports SATA drives, allowing you the option to choose between high performance and high capacity storage solutions. Windows, MAC, Linux and VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 are supported.
Great Product - Choose HDD Wisely
This review is from: SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR8XP 0, 1, 1+0, 5, and JBOD (w/ Hot Spare) 8 3.5" Drive Bays Mini-SAS (w/ PCIe 2.0 x8 6G RAID Controller) 8 Bay 6G SAS / SATA RAID 5 Storage Enclosure w/ 6G PCIe 2.0 x8 card (Silver)
Pros: Small case, easy replacement of drives, massive storage in a small area.
Cons: Short SAS cables limit placement
Other Thoughts: Choose your HDD drives wisely. I initially started with the WesternDigital desktop green (EADS) drives. I had weekly rebuilds. After investigating at WD's website, I learned that the desktop HDD's should not be used in RAID applications. I replaced them with the enterprise (black) HDD's with no issues in last 8 months.
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