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IRVINE, Calif. -- May 8, 2008 -- Sonnet Technologies, a leader in providing local storage systems for professional users of Macintosh®, Windows®, and UNIX® systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries, today announced the Fusion™ RAID Expander, which provides a simple and cost-effective solution for connecting up to seven Sonnet Fusion SATA RAID desktop or rackmount storage systems to a single computer for even faster performance and access to up to 56 terabytes (TB) of protected storage. The Fusion RAID Expander extends a computer's PCI Express® (PCIe) bus outside of the box and provides seven slots for installing PCIe cards. The Sonnet expansion system delivers plug-and-play installation and is transparent to the computer's operating system for zero-configuration use.


"Sonnet is committed to delivering storage solutions with uncompromising performance and reliability. We are excited to offer a product that gives our customers the capability to add additional storage capacity and performance as their business grows," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "Fusion RAID Expander's robust construction, easy configuration, and plug-and-play installation make it simple."


The primary advantage of connecting more than one storage system to a computer is the ability to scale the capacity and increase the performance. For example, two 8TB Fusion D800RAID storage systems connected to the Fusion RAID Expander, with their drives configured as protected RAID 5 volumes and combined as one 16TB logical unit, sustain transfers of 645 MB/sec write and 670 MB/sec read.


Sonnet's Fusion RAID Expander overcomes the obstacles of limited space and too few PCIe slots common in many computers. Many computers are equipped with only three or four slots, with one reserved for a graphics card. For power users, this can be restricting. The Fusion RAID Expander houses seven full-length (x4) PCIe slots in a quiet 4U enclosure with its own power supply, and connects to the host computer through the included half-height host bus adapter card, which occupies a single (x8) PCIe slot. This expansion system provides the space and slots necessary to attach up to seven Sonnet Fusion SATA RAID desktop or rackmount storage systems, each of which includes its own RAID controller card, to access up to 56TB of online storage.


The Fusion RAID Expander chassis employs two quiet fans to cool the 400 watt power supply and card slot area. It supports most PCIe cards, (including full-length, full-height form factor cards) so users can add FireWire® USB, video capture, audio, and other interfaces easily. This Sonnet expansion system delivers the expandability professional users demand.


Fusion RAID Expander (part # FUS-EXP7) will be available in early June 2008 with a suggested price of $3,995. More information about the Fusion RAID Expander is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/fusionraidexpander.html.


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About Sonnet Technologies

Sonnet Technologies, Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is a leader in providing local storage systems for professional users of Macintosh®, Windows®, and UNIX® systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. Since its founding in 1986, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh and industry-standard computers. Today, the company is a world-leading computer hardware upgrade company with a product line featuring a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable storage solutions, as well as a variety of performance-extending upgrade cards. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.


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