MacGurus Burly RAID
with 6Gb/sec SATA/SAS RAID Controller
Video Storage par excellence
Hair on FIRE Performance!
RAID 3, 5 or 6
for All MacPro
PCIe G5 (DualCore)
The Burly RAID is here. High end ARECA PCIe Hardware
RAID Controller combined with our Burly - the most reliable storage enclosure
you can get today.
speed, reliability and ease of use at a price that is impossible to beat.
And included is your MacGurus personal tech support team. Capable of running
on PCIe Macs (MacPro and G5) or most any PC running Windows, Linux and most
operating systems. (see specifications for list)
The ARECA Hardware RAID card supports virtually every RAID
type. Either RAID5 or RAID3 for streaming media gives superior performance.
for general purpose storage, photos, databases and
the like. This
system also supports
RAID6 which allows protection from 2 failed drives! Perfect for the high priority
database server. And
are supported along with JBOD (non-RAID) mounting of individual drives. You
can create volumes in any combination of the above as well. This may be the
and a backup all run off the same controller card.
A word of caution: Hardware RAID, which provides redundancy
in the form of parity data stored on the drives, is NOT to be considered 'backed
all by itself. RAID3, 5 or 6 protects from hardware failure of a drive, or in
RAID6, of 2 drives.
are literally hundreds of other
failures that can cause data loss that are not protected by virtue of a redundant
RAID. The most important consideration when planning your storage system
are going to back it up.
An 8 drive RAID5 or RAID3, using current Seagate or Hitachi drives, is capable
of over 600 MB/sec
and still holds 500 MB/sec when the drives are 80% of capacity! This
performance is plenty for uncompressed HD footage up to and including 2k (2048
30fps) Performance is even better using the new Hitachi SATAIII drives.
Reliable storage is what the Burly RAID is all about. The ARECA
Hardware RAID cards are a mature, easy to use hardware RAID card and administrative
utility combination that provides the maximum in data
security and robustness. RAID processor unit, 512MB 800MHz DDR2 cache
on the board, and an easy to use browser based utility. This card just
rolls along handling the high processing overhead with no load at all on
your computer's CPU. This is true even when running degraded with one drive
out of the array. No fuss, no muss - continue operating until you have a
chance to change out the drive and allow the RAID to rebuild itself. Performance
is nearly identical degraded as with the full compliment of drives. That
is the result of the huge amount of processing power from that Intel processor.
Ease of Use
Simple to install, easy to run. Management of the RAID is done with a browser accessed
utility that is remarkably intuitive. I say that because many administrative
utilities are nearly impossible to use, this one is pretty straight forward.
Drivers and Firmware
From the start you will want to run the most current drivers, firmware and management utilities.
As the OS updates, you may need to also update drivers. Those are available on the ARECA Download Page. Just select your
particular card and follow the links. Following is current 1223-8x links.
OSX - Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion Driver and Utility
EFI Boot ROM Download - needed to install and boot the operating system on drives attached to this RAID card.
Rackmount or Tower Enclosure.
Rack is standard 4U - 16.8"d x- 6.95"h. Does
not include sliders, those should come from your rack manufacturer. Enclosure
is drilled for General
Devices C230 Series. 400 WATT internal power supply.
Tower Enclosure is 7"w x 18"d x 17"h. 300 WATT power supply.
Default selection is a pair of 2 meter MiniSAS external cables.
You can select optional 1 meter cable on need.
You can choose between Standard Tray System, LCD Display Tray System
or Trayless drive bays. My favorite is the least expensive Standard
Trays. You don't do much drive swapping in a hardware RAID, typically
only swapping out for a drive failure or a major upgrade. The
Standard Tray System has the same extraordinarily good heat
transfer system as the fancier LCD Display and Trayless. But if nothing
of the art" will
satisfy - we'll be happy
MacGurus' engineers are continually running tests on available model hard drives. We select drives based on compatibility for the widest range of uses, that have the best performance possible, and most important, are the most reliable. Data security comes first. Our purpose is to weed out and reject drives that have problems before they get into our customer's systems.
At this time Seagate Barracuda and Hitachi Deskstar drives meet our demands best. That said, with Seagate having acquired Samsung's drive business and Western Digital now having purchased Hitachi's drive division, there really are only two manufacturers. No matter how many or few manufacturers, our selections will still be based on testing of individual models and not brand name. And always with reliability outweighing all other considerations.
Current model SATAIII Seagate 7200.14 drives are the killer choice for performance. With 1TB platters and extraordinary performance (up to 180 MB/sec from a single drive) you will drool over how these drives handle your workload. Hitachi SATAIII Deskstars are a great choice as well. With performance up around 150 MB/sec, they come close to the performance of the new Seagate. Either choice will serve you well.
|Areca - 2 x MiniSAS connector PCIe RAID Card
||Mac 10.6 Tiger through 10.8 Moiuntain Lion
*Mac OS Bootable with EFI Boot ROM Updater
Onboard Intel RAID Processor
||Windows 2000 / XP (SCSIPort driver) Vista and Windows 7
|PCI Express Rev 2.0 8 Lane - OK in 4 Lane slot
||Windows Server 2003/2008 (SCSIPort driver and Storport driver)
|512MB DDR2 800 MHz on board cache
||RedHat Linux and SuSE Linux
|Intel RAID6 engine
|RAID Level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6 and JBOD
|Multiple RAID selection
|Online RAID Level / Stripe migration
|Online RAID capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
|Automatic drive insertion-removal detect - rebuild
|SMTP support email notification
**NOTES on Drives** Macgurus
uses Retail Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, 7200.12 or the 2TB and 3TB Hitachi Deskstar drives
all our enclosures. These are the very best hard drives made for all desktop
especially in RAID arrays.
Server and Enterprise drives have feature sets designed
increase performance in large server environments and huge Enterprise RAID farms
these features will not improve performance and may degrade reliability
All desktop host bus adapters are designed and tested to run with desktop drives.
OEM drives may have server firmware on them which can make them unsuitable for
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