FirewireDirect Announces Ultra160 SCSI RAID Solution, With Up To 800 GB In Storage

FirewireDirect has introduced a new SCSI offering in its product line, an Ultra160 SCSI RAID solution called the Vanguard Ultra One. The Vanguard Ultra One is a rack mount device that is 1U in height, and is being aimed at the digital creation markets, as well as Enterprise and database-oriented markets. The product offers up to 800 GB in storage (starting with 320 GB), and also comes as an enclosure kit. It also comes with 256 MB of cache, as well as dual power supplies, and features the following RAID versions:

  • 0 (Striping)
  • 1 (Mirroring)
  • 3 (Parallel Transfer with Parity)
  • 5 (Independent Data Discs with Distributed Parity Blocks)
  • 0+1 (Striping and Mirroring)

From FirewireDirect:, Inc., has added to their extensive line of FireWire and SCSI RAID offerings the new Vanguard Ultra One, a full featured 1U RAID system offering up to 800 gigabytes (GB) of RAID Levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3 and 5 for workstations and servers on all platforms supporting SCSI.

Built on proven Ultra160 SCSI technology, and with the muscle provided by a Intel 80303 64 bit RISC processor, the new Ultra One comes at outstanding price, providing powerful RAID features for digital video, digital audio and graphic professional. It is the perfect compliment for enterprise class database, applications and file servers including Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft and Appleis OSX Server.

The Ultra One has 4 Ultra DMA hard drive bays, supporting drives up to 200GB, available in configurations from 320 to 800GB, making it one of the largest capacity 1U/4bay solutions on the market today. It is also available as an Enclosure Kit for users wanting to build their own full-featured hardware RAID subsystems. The Ultra One supports hot spare and automatic hot rebuild. Power supplies, cooling fans and hard drives are hot swappable for easy online maintenance and expansion. 

The Ultra One is also designed with 256MB of High Speed Cache (upgradeable to 512MB), boasts dual power supplies with PFC for extra efficiency, and a Smart function LCD panel that gives the user control of a wide array of security and configuration features. The Ultra One is part of a complete line of RAID products from FirewireDirect. The FWD line of RAID solutions now includes their popular and well established FireWire RAID solutions, such as the Vanguard, the first ever hardware RAID product for FireWire users, and the HSB, a software RAID solution for FireWire users with up to eight hot swappable drive bays.

You can find more information on the Vanguard Ultra One at FirewireDirectis Web site. The RAID solution starts at US$2655, and is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix OSes that support SCSI.