New FireWire RAID Solution Hits The Market (Updated)

Update: FirewireDirect has updated the drivers to their RAID solution. According to the company, the new drivers offers throughput up to 31 MB/sec.

FireWireDirect has released a new FireWire based RAID solution. Based around their FireWire SlimLine-Ultra series, the new RAID level 0 setup allows users to get maxium speed and performance from their storage system. According to FireWireDirect:, Inc., a company specializing in 1394, FireWire and i.LINK peripherals and accessories for Windows, Macintosh and Linux based computers, announced they are expanding to offer a RAID solution for their FireWire SlimLine-Ultra Series hard drive (HDD) systems.

The companyis SlimLine-Ultra Series quickly established itself as one the strongest FireWire storage solutions in the industry and for FirewireDirect, because of size, portability and wide range of configurations. The company now raises the bar further by being among the first to offer a RAID Level 0 (striping) storage solution both as a shipping product and as an update to existing drives.

A RAID configured pair of SlimLine-Ultra Series HDD offers approximately 24MB/sec reads and 21MB/sec writes. Starting as low as $658 for a 40GB RAID solution, this kind of performance leads the industry in performance/price ratio for FireWire RAID Level 0 products.

Available now, configurations and prices include:

  • 150GB SlimLine-Ultra RAID -- $1598
  • 80GB SlimLine-Ultra RAID -- $898
  • 40GB SlimLine-Ultra RAID -- $658

FirewireDirect is also offering an opportunity for existing customers with registered SlimLine-Ultra HDD products previously purchased and registered with FirewireDirect to update their existing drives to RAID Level 0 through upgrade available by contacting the companyis technical support department.

The SlimLine-Ultra Drive RAID Solutions are available for Macintosh FireWire users and shipping now. Support for Windows customers will be available soon. As always, all other FirewireDirect products support Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 and the upcoming Windows ME, as well as MacOS and Linux 2.4.

You can find more information at the FireWireDirect web site.