Sonnet's New Fusion(TM) D400QR5 and R400QR5 Storage Systems Offer Built-in RAID 5 Controller, Informative Display

IRVINE, Calif. — Sept. 3, 2009 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the release of its Fusion(TM) D400QR5 desktop and R400QR5 rackmount four-drive hardware RAID 5 storage systems with quad interface. These new storage systems build upon the great performance and reliability of Sonnet's award-winning Fusion D400Q and R400Q SATA storage systems by integrating a high-performance RAID 5 controller for maximum versatility and critical data protection.

Both the D400QR5 and R400QR5 SATA storage systems feature an internal RAID controller that supports RAID 5 formatting, which provides data protection in the event of a drive failure, and RAID 0, which provides maximum speed and capacity. Onboard RAID 5 support eliminates the need for a specialized RAID controller card. Available in 2, 3, 4, or 6TB configurations, the Fusion 400QR5 systems deliver data transfers up to 225 MB/sec read and 175 MB/sec write with its drives configured as a RAID 5 set, and 240 MB/sec read and write in RAID 0.

The D400QR5 and R400QR5 offer a choice of four interfaces for extra flexibility — eSATA for maximum throughput, FireWire® 800 for medium speed, and FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for convenience — and require only a single cable connection between the storage system and computer, simplifying setup and cutting cable clutter. All four interface cables are included with the units.

"For the same price as our D400Q and R400Q, we now offer our customers the full benefits of RAID 5 data protection built right into the box with near RAID 0 speed," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies.

The D400QR5 and R400QR5 each feature informative LCD displays that show operating status at a glance, while integrated controls enable users to select RAID modes and configure the SATA drives easily to meet their performance and data security needs for a variety of workflows. Both systems offer quiet operation with low-noise fans, and provide flexibility in mixed environments, supporting Mac OS®, Windows® Vista®, Windows XP, and various Linux® operating systems.

The Fusion D400QR5 and R400QR5 are available now with suggested prices for either system ranging from $1,335 for a 2TB model to $1,975 for 6TB. Like all Sonnet products, the D400QR5 and R400QR5 enjoy long-term support from Sonnet.

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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