The Monk Installs Sonnet Storage System

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Wed, 06/29/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Monk an independent video post-production company based in Cape Town South Africa has installed a Sonnet Fusion DX800RAID eight-drive RAID SATA storage system to support on-location editing and provide storage for production of high-end retail commercials and other television productions. The Monk owner video producer/online artist Grant Aerts performs post-production finishing work for a wide range of commercials long-form TV programs and local features using Autodesk Smoke for Mac running on a dual (2 x 2.26 GHz) quad-core Intel Xeon Mac Pro. Aerts chose the Fusion DX800RAID for its high performance and its reliability resulting from data protection in case of a drive failure. I've been very pleased with the Fusion DX800RAID; in fact it's the most stable unit in my small arsenal of hardware says Aerts. Since most of my projects are finished in HD using 4K source material I have very demanding requirements for storage and backup — and high performance and fault tolerance are absolutely critical. The DX800RAID definitely can handle these files and offers the reliability and easy expandability I require for managing uncompressed HD while protecting the data at the same time. With the SES functionality I can monitor the status of the drives power supply and temperature in real time through easy-to-access utility screens or by glancing at the conveniently placed LEDs on the enclosure says Aerts. Plus S.M.A.R.T. data can be used to notify me of an impending drive failure enabling me to minimize downtime as a result. Sonnet Technologies