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OWC Demos Jupiter mini-SAS Shared SAN Solution at NAB

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    Other World Computing (OWC) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced today it will showcase its new line of Jupiter mini-SAS shared storage solutions at NAB this week. Built upon the mini-SAS interface for blazing bandwidth up to 48 Gb/s, the Jupiter family of racks, towers, and workgroup switches combine the highest level of data sharing performance and scalable capacity of up to 3600 TB at a cost that is up to 6x less than fibre channel infrastructures.

    The Jupiter mini-SAS solutions also offer straight-forward installation in Mac and Windows OS environments with the simplicity of direct attached storage (DAS) using a single cable connection. OWC will demonstrate the high performance and scalability of the Jupiter mini-SAS shared storage solution at its NAB booth #14110 in the lower level of the LVCC's South Hall.


    With its amazingly fast throughput and high capacity, OWC's Jupiter mini-SAS is a compelling shared storage solution for production studios and broadcast facilities that are striving to meet their growing performance and backup/storage demands with limited budgets. It handles all production storage workflow needs, from capture direct to final mastering and everything in-between with speed to spare for less bandwidth intensive tasks as well.

    What makes the Jupiter mini-SAS so compelling is the ultra-fast mini-SAS interface, which is ideal for video professionals that depend on sustained, stable performance to prevent the possibility of dropped frames. For example, uncompressed 1080p HD video may need an average constant speed of 165 MB/s. If that speed cannot be reached, frames may be dropped. With the high throughput of Jupiter mini-SAS, dropped frames are virtually eliminated. In fact, with it's unsurpassed bandwidth, Jupiter mini-SAS can stream multiple video feeds of HD video to multiple workstations.

    At the heart of the Jupiter mini-SAS is the Jupiter workgroup switch that provides the super-fast simultaneous connection to multiple workstations, Jupiter expanders, or RAID subsystems with each device connecting via a single 24 Gb/s mini-SAS cable. For increased user access and configuration options, the Jupiter workgroup switch can then connect to an LSI SAS6160 Switch.

    Jupiter mini-SAS Key Features:

    - Optimized to Support Today's High-Resolution Media and Entertainment Content Creation Workflows
    - Scalable pooled (shared) storage solution combines the simplicity and performance of direct attached storage (DAS) with a cost up to 6x less than fibre channel
    - mini-SAS interface for bandwidth up to 48 Gb/s-up to 6x faster than fibre channel-via the use of two 24 Gb mini-SAS cables
    - Available in eight-bay tower, eight-bay rack, and 16-bay rack models
    - Enterprise-level capacity-up to 3600 TB (3.6 Petabytes) with enterprise-class drives and expander units
    - Connects to a servers or workstations using a single 24 Gb/s mini-SAS cable
    - Hot-swappable, redundant power supplies can be replaced without shutting down or restarting
    - Mac OS X and Windows OS compatible
    - Five-year warranty

    Centralized Storage for Efficient Collaboration, Increased Productivity

    - Allows open collaboration by providing multiple workstations access to the same drive simultaneously
    Streamlines workflow and processes
    - Can be configured to provide zoned/allocated drive access privileges for specific workstations

    Also Available as a RAID Storage Subsystem

    - Supports RAID configurations 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD
    - Multiple RAID configuration support to provide speed, performance fault tolerance, or a combination of both

    Flexible, Adaptable for any Infrastructure

    - Integrates into an existing IT infrastructure
    - Lays the foundation for building a new infrastructure
    - A user-friendly management and monitoring application is included to monitor Jupiter's overall system health, performance, maintenance and diagnostics.

    Budget-friendly Growth Path to the Future

    - Users can start with a single tower direct attached storage solution with 4 TB of space
    - Storage can be added with Jupiter expander units, hubs and switches to accommodate up to 3600 TB (3.6 Petabytes)
    - A four-workstation, 48 Gb/s Jupiter mini-SAS setup consisting of the Jupiter nine port workgroup switch, four PCIe cards, and six meter active cabling has infrastructure costs starting around $4,200 vs. $25,000 for comparably configured 8Gb/s fibre channel infrastructure.

    The OWC Support Difference

    OWC has been a leader in the storage and computer upgrades industry for more than 24 years, and its 24/7 free lifetime US-based support has been praised by users around the world. Further instilling confidence in Jupiter mini-SAS is an OWC 5-year warranty and an expert support staff trained specifically on the Jupiter family of storage. Unlike other piecemeal SAN systems that require multiple vendor support, all the components of Jupiter mini-SAS come from OWC and are engineered to work seamlessly together.

    "By leveraging our expertise in direct attached storage, the Jupiter mini-SAS brings simplicity, implementation flexibility and a much higher performance to SAN for over 80 percent less than the price of the leading standard of fibre channel," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Then, when you consider the scalability it provides, our single-contact support and 5-year warranty, the Jupiter mini-SAS is clearly the best shared storage solution not just for production houses of all sizes but for businesses across all industries."

    Availability, Pricing

    Backed by a five-year warranty and OWC's 24/7 free lifetime US-based support, the OWC Jupiter mini-SAS will be available from OWC in June in a variety of configurations with solution pricing starting at $3,995.00. For added value, OWC includes a user-friendly management and monitoring application to monitor Jupiter's overall system health, performance, maintenance and diagnostics.

    The new Jupiter mini-SAS shared storage solution joins OWC's existing line of performance-leading portable and desktop external storage solutions and its Mercury brand of Solid State Drives for Macs and PCs. For more information on the OWC catalog of over 2,900 performance upgrades and accessories, or for reseller inquires, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/

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