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Matt Trubac
MiniSAS Setup
on Oct 19, 2011 at 9:27:59 pm

I am planning to avoid quad interface enclosures (eSata) based on the repeated recommendation in these forums. MiniSAS it is. I am on a 2007 dual quad 3.0Ghz Mac Pro (2,1). 12 GB ram. ATI Radeon 5870 (Slot 1 - x16) AJA Kona LHe (Slot 3 - x4).

Up to this point I have been doing most of my editing from single sata drives connected by Thermaltake blacx docks using eSata. Its getting to be inefficient.

I am wondering if anybody can endorse or give any recommendations on the following setup?

iStoragePro iT4MIS (4 bay MiniSAS Tower Enclosure) - $380.00
ATTO R380 (or the new R680?) - $400-$700 for a used R380 ($1000 R680)
4x 3TB hitachi ultrastar enterprise HDDs - $1320

All setup as raid 5 gives a total of roughly 9TB of storage for $2,350.

I am comparing this to the Maxx Digital Evo Mini at $3200. I like what I have read on the forums about Maxx Digital and their excellent support, but would like to save $1,000 if the iStorage works.

Considering the R680 for future addition of a 6gbps enclosure.

I plan to install the ATTO card in PCIe slot 4 (x4). Is the iStorage solution going to be a PITA to configure for someone with no hands on raid experience?


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Jon Schilling
Re: MiniSAS Setup
on Oct 19, 2011 at 11:46:21 pm

Matt,

Our ST5610-U5 SOHOTANK(6Gb backplane) 4 bay mini-SAS is $339.00 http://stardom-usa.com/product_detail.php?p_id=25&func=d#content & works great with that ATTO card R680. You can purchase it from http://www.videoguys.com

Setting up the RAID with ATTO is pretty straightforward. ATTO is also a partner of ours.

Just a suggestion.

Jonathan Schilling | Sales & Marketing Manager
RAIDON-USA Technology
STARDOM Storage by RAIDON since 2000
15356 East Valley Blvd., Suite B
City of Industry, CA 91746
Tel: 626-333-7888
jon@raidon-usa.com
http://www.stardom-usa.com

Jon Schilling COW LEADER - Stardom Storage Forum



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Matt Trubac
Re: MiniSAS Setup
on Oct 20, 2011 at 1:39:07 am

Thanks Jon. Are there any 3TB drives that you recommend for that enclosure?


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Jon Schilling
Re: MiniSAS Setup
on Oct 20, 2011 at 3:19:00 pm

Matt,

We recommend the 3TB Hitachi Ultrastar.

If you have questions about a particular model, feel free to email me.

Jonathan Schilling | Sales & Marketing Manager
RAIDON-USA Technology
STARDOM Storage by RAIDON since 2000
15356 East Valley Blvd., Suite B
City of Industry, CA 91746
Tel: 626-333-7888
jon@raidon-usa.com
http://www.stardom-usa.com

Jon Schilling COW LEADER - Stardom Storage Forum



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Ron Amborn
Re: MiniSAS Setup
on Oct 20, 2011 at 4:31:05 pm

Matt
I am not surprised by your post. You are not alone as many companies want to save money. I can only tell you that you get what you pay for. Maxx Digital ,Caldigit,Sonnet Tech just to name a few sell solutions and when you are editing professional video footage it is very important to have support on weekends ,evenings and everything in between. Most professional companies can not endorse used gear of any kind.
So if you buy from a company like istorage you will NOT get any qualified Video workflow experience service,No advance replacements, and most of the time no one to even pick up the phone.And after hours and weekends are not even a topic at most companies. But yes you will save money and if that is your goal then you should go for it.
Maxx Digital does offer Creative Cow discounts so try asking one of the guys for a Bob Zelin CC discount and see if that helps. I can only tell you to ask Maxx Digital customers about the support we offer and then tell me what your media and the success of you company is worth. Just my two cents and we are here to help if you need anything.

Sincerely,
Ron Amborn President
Maxx Entertainment Digital
21562 Newland Street
Huntington Beach , Ca 92646
Direct 714-374-4944
Cell 714-713-4492 Fax 714-374-3404
ron@maxxdigital.com
http://www.maxxdigital.com




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