VST Ships 120 GB FireWire RAID Solution

SmartDisk Personal Storage Systems, formerly VST Technologies, has announced that it is now shipping its 120GB VST FireWire-based RAID array (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) for FireWire-equipped Macintosh computers. The VST FireWire RAID array is being demonstrated at the Seybold San Francisco/Publishing 2000 Exposition August 29-31 at the Moscone Center, booth 641. According to SmartDisk:

The VST FireWire RAID array is a compact, portable tower that supports up to four VST FireWire hard drives which can be used separately or together for the efficient storage and rapid transfer of digital data. RAID arrays are typically used in demanding professional applications, such as video and audio broadcasting, where large amounts of digital video, graphics, and music must be captured and manipulated in real time for storage and/or editing. Used as a RAID array, multiple drives provide significantly increased capacity and performance. The VST FireWire RAID array is one of the first FireWire solutions that offers users both a compact size and a built-in battery pack.

Using the VST FireWire RAID array, Web designers and publishers, television film crews, 3-D animators, musicians and audio engineers, as well as millions of digital video and music fans, can capture and store large amounts of digital data on location and in a portable manner. The VST array is also well-suited for field editing, providing the power previously found only in costly editing rooms. This allows content producers to quickly and inexpensively complete their projects without compromising technical quality or sophisticated effects.

The VST FireWire RAID array includes custom hardware and software that allow multiple FireWire hard drives to be used together. This significantly increases rates of data throughput via a data streaming process called striping. The array also provides for mirroring. Mirroring creates an identical copy of the data on two drives in the array so that a single drive failure will not result in loss of important data.

Total storage capacities range from 20GB to 120GB.

The VST FireWire RAID array is available now from US$1,995.95 to US$4,699.95. Built-to-order configurations are also available. You can find more information about this at SmartDiskis site.