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Fusion Storage Solutions
Sonnet fuses high-capacity disks into the high-performance Fusion™ disk arrays for film and video editing systems, and professional content creation. Sonnet Fusion systems are based on cost-effective SATA storage devices, which yield no compromise in either performance or reliability. From the industry’s fastest 4TB, quad-interface Fusion 400Q desktop and rackmount systems, to the uncompressed-HD 1080i-4:4:4-capable, 8TB Fusion D800RAID, DX800RAID, and Fusion R800RAID Sonnet has a solution for you.

Video Editing Optimized
RAID (4:4:4)
Although a Sonnet Fusion 800RAID system's drives can be configured in RAID 0, 1, 4 (DV RAID), 5, 6, 10 and JBOD, a RAID 5 configuration features advanced data streaming–a technology that maximizes the number of concurrent video streams while protecting valuable content should any drive fail. The Sonnet PCI Express RAID controller, featuring ATTO RAID technology, is based on the latest-generation Intel® IOP348 RAID processor running at 1.2 GHz, which can handle 10-bit uncompressed HD 1080i 4:4:4 with ease. The Sonnet RAID controller is also configured with 256MB of ECC-protected RAM, especially important to maintain data stream writes as the disk array nears capacity.

Fail-Safe Protection
Sonnet Fusion 800RAID systems not only protect against any single drive failure, but also provide rapid recovery time. Available in desktop (Fusion D800RAID or DX800RAID) or rackmount (Fusion R800RAID) form factors, a 4TB, 6TB, or 8TB Fusion 800RAID storage system can be rebuilt in 2, 3, or 4 hours, respectively. Should you choose to rebuild in the background, you can continue to work at reduced bandwidth with compressed HD streams.

Enterprise/RAID Edition Drives
Sonnet Fusion D-series desktop and R-series rackmount storage systems feature only Enterprise/RAID Edition hard drives*. After hard drives are deemed good enough for desktop system, they are subjected to up to eight hours of additional testing to check for soft errors, vibration, and other reliability predictors. Only the most sturdy drives pass these tests. These stalwart drives are outfitted with special RAID-optimized firmware and become the building blocks of a super-reliable Sonnet Fusion system. These drives are backed by a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

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Ultimate Flexibility of a
Quad Interface
The Fusion D400Q and R400Q include a Sonnet-exclusive quad interface design for these four-drive desktop and 1U rackmount systems, available in 2, 3, and 4TB capacities. Connect with a single eSATA cable and access all drives at full speed. Connect via a single FireWire® 800, FireWire, or USB 2.0 cable, and connect to all four drives at the maximum speed of the respective interface. There is no need to reformat when changing from one interface to another, whether configured as RAID 0, 1, 10, or JBOD. Sonnet Tempo SATA PCI-X, PCIe, and ExpressCard/34 host bus adapters support both these Fusion systems.

Swappable Disk Drive Modules
Sonnet D-series desktop and R-series rackmount Fusion systems feature interchangeable, swappable disk drive modules.

Swappable Fan
Fusion D400Q, D500P, and D800RAID storage systems have a swappable fan module that uses an ultra-quiet fan, which is 80% quieter than a standard case fan. This Sonnet fan noise is only 20 dBA, much quieter than the desktop computer—such as a Mac Pro—that the Fusions are designed to stand beside. Sonnet fans use a double ball bearing design for extended life.

Portable RAID Storage
When you need to travel light, choose a Sonnet Fusion F2 portable SATA RAID storage system. Providing up to 1TB of storage in a small enclosure, Fusion F2 uses eSATA connections to deliver the fastest performance yet from a 2-drive portable storage system, with data transfer rates up to twice as fast as FireWire®. By connecting Fusion F2 through a SATA host adapter like Sonnet’s Tempo SATA ExpressCard/34 or Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34, your notebook’s FireWire 800 port is left open for use by an AJA® Video Systems ioHD, which requires dedicated use of FireWire bandwidth. Fusion F2 is cool, quiet, and energy-efficient: side-by-side placement of its drives increases the metal case’s cooling surface area, thereby eliminating the need for a fan, and allowing it to be bus-powered so it can be used even when no grid power is available. Fusion F2 uses a novel method to power itself; it draws power from your notebook’s FireWire port using an included FireWire-to-power cable. Whether your notebook is plugged in or running off its battery, Fusion F2 operates anywhere your computer does. Another FireWire device, powered hub, or Sonnet's optional World Travel Power Adapter can also power Fusion F2, if necessary.

Fusion Models

Fusion D800RAID(2), with controller

Fusion R800RAID(2), with controller

Fusion D500P

Fusion D400Q

Fusion R400Q

Fusion D800RAID
Controller Card
Fusion R800RAID

Controller Card
Fusion D500P
Fusion D400Q
Fusion R400Q

Type

Desktop

Rackmount

Desktop

Desktop

Rackmount

Interface

2x Multilane SATA

eSATA

eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire, USB 2.0

Capacity(1)

4, 6, 8TB

2.5, 3.75, 5TB

2, 3, 4TB

Drives

8

5

4

RAID

0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, JBOD

0, 1, 10, JBOD

0, 1, 10, JBOD

Sonnet SATA II
Tempo Controller

PCIe RAID Included

E4P, X4P

E4P, X4P

Video Streams(1)

RAID 4/5

RAID 0

RAID 0

RAID 0

DV(3)
(1 stream=3.6 MB/sec)

16

16

16

16

DV50(3)
(1 stream=7.2 MB/sec)

16

16

10

8

DVCPRO HD 720p 59.94
(1 stream=14.4 MB/sec)

13

14

7

6

DVCPRO HD 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=16 MB/sec)

13

14

6

5

HDV 720p
(1 stream=2.4 MB/sec)

10

10

15

15

HDV 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=3.1 MB/sec)

10

10

9

9

ProRes 422 NTSC SD(3)
(1 stream=5.25 MB/sec)

16

16

10

10

ProRes 422 HQ NTSC SD
(1 stream=7.875 MB/sec)

TBD

TBD

7

7

ProRes 422 720p 59.94
(1 stream=18.375 MB/sec)

7

10

4

4

ProRes 422 HQ 720p 59.94
(1 stream=27.5 MB/sec)

5

10

3

3

ProRes 422 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=18.375 MB/sec)

8

10

4

4

ProRes 422 HQ 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=27.5 MB/sec)

5

10

3

3

Uncompressed 8-bit NTSC
(1 stream=21.0 MB/sec)

11

12

5

4

Uncompressed 10-bit NTSC
(1 stream=28.0 MB/sec)

9

12

4

3

Uncompressed 8-bit 720 HD
(1 stream=55.2 MB/sec)

2

2

1

1(4)

Uncompressed 10-bit 720 HD
(1 stream=73.6 MB/sec)

1

2

1(4)

1(4)

Uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD
(1 stream=124.3 MB/sec)

2

2

1(4)

1(4)

Uncompressed 10-bit 1080 HD
(1 stream=165.7 MB/sec)

1

1

1(4)

1(4)

2K (2048 X 1556)LOG RGB
(1 stream=309.0 MB/sec)

0

1

0

0

Quad Interface
(1)
See datasheets for benchmark configurations.
(2)
Fusion D/R800RAID tests were conducted with an 8TB Fusion D800RAID, and a 3 GHz, 8-core Mac Pro. HD video streams are processor intensive; in some cases, a slower computer may not be able to process all the streams a Fusion D800RAID is capable of delivering. 4TB and 6TB Fusion D800RAID systems may have slightly lower performance.
(3)
Only the maximum of 16 video streams were tested for these formats.
(4)
Supports 1 stream of playback. Capture supported if disk array is less than 80% full and not extremely fragmented.


About stream count testing:
We've conducted in-depth, real-world testing to provide you with realistic results. Testing was conducted after weeks of use, during which time projects were captured, parts deleted, more parts captured, rendered, and so on, leaving the drives 85% full and fragmented. The stream counts we present here reflect the reduced performance that results from day-in, day-out use. Many storage systems work well the day you get them, but the true test is whether one will continue to serve you when you push the envelope. Fusion storage systems won't let you down.

Filmmaking Central Podcast
Producer/Director David Basulto interviews Sonnet Technologies' CEO Robert Farnsworth about Sonnet's Fusion RAID storage systems.

FMC Podcast Episode 11, 2008. Running time: 11:36 mins. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes®.


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Quad Interface

The Fusion D400Q's efficient interface simplifies setup and cuts cable clutter without compromising performance. No SATA? No problem—connected via a single FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or USB cable, all four drives can be accessed at the full speed of the respective interface. There is no need to reformat drives when changing from one interface to another, regardless the configuration.





Awarded Best Storage Product for 2008 by Macword magazine, the Fusion F2 portable 2-drive RAID SATA storage system provides up to 1TB of capacity in a rugged aluminum enclosure.

* Sonnet Technologies has qualified and specifies Enterprise/RAID edition hard drives for use in Fusion storage systems. These drives were chosen for their superior performance, error handling, and reliability characteristics, especially when used in RAID groups. Only use Enterprise/RAID edition hard drives in your Fusion storage system to ensure system reliability and performance. STANDARD DRIVES MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED AND MAY DEGRADE SYSTEM RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE. See Fusion product pages for recommended hard drive.
Hours of Footage per Fusion Model Based on Raw Capacity

HD Hours of Capacity

Fusion
2TB

Fusion
2.5TB

Fusion
3TB

Fusion
3.75TB

Fusion
4TB

Fusion
5TB

Fusion
6TB

Fusion

8TB

HDV 1080 60i

167

209

251

314

335

418

502 100

DVCPRO HD 1080i 59.94

45

56

68

85

90

113

136

181

Uncompressed SD 8-bit
PRORES 720 59.94
PRORES 1080 29.97
DNXHD 165 Mb/sec

30

37

45

56

60

75 90 182

Uncompressed SD 10-bit
PRORES 720 59.94
PRORES 1080 29.97
DNXHD 220 Mb/sec

20

25

30

37

40

50 60 121

HD 720p 8-bit

5.1

6.3

7.6

9.5

10.1

12.6 15.2 30.4

HD 720p 10-bit

4 5

6

7.5

8

10 12.1 24

HD 1080i 8-bit

4.6 5.8

6.9

8.7

9.3

11.6 13.9 27.8

HD 1080i 10-bit 4:2:2

3.6 4.5

5.4

6.7

7.2

9 10.8 21.6

HD 1080i 10-bit 4:4:4

2.3 2.9

3.5

4.4

4.7

5.8 7 14

2K 10-bit RGB

1.8 2.3

2.7

3.4

3.6

4.6 5.5 11


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