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Quantum A-Series Data Tape Drive v3.0.7

September 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Attention All Quantum A-Series Data Tape Drive Users

 Version 3.0.7 Server Firmware is Now Available


Quantum has now released a new version of firmware for all A-Series standalone (tabletop) drive systems including the SDLT600A and the LTO-3A.  This new version includes improvements in reliability and stability as well as improvements to the user interface.  Complete descriptions of all changes in this version are covered in the attached release notes.


Quantum strongly recommends this update be installed in all standalone A-Series drives as soon as possible to ensure the highest level of data protection.  Note that this update is NOT available for SuperLoader systems, an appropriate update for those systems will be forthcoming soon.


Version 3.0 firmware can be downloaded from the Quantum web site ( by selecting:

Service and Support  >  Product Information  >  Standalone Tape Drives  >

and your model as appropriate, either



LTO  >  LTO-3A

or use the links included here for your drive model:     SDLT600A    or    LTO-3A


Please scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Download Now” for the “V3.0.7 Server Firmware” and install it per the instructions in the attached release notes.


Please note also that there are revised manuals posted for download in the Documentation section below the Firmware section.  These manuals cover all revised operations and have expanded explanations of existing functionality, especially including Macintosh OSX operations.


If you have problems or questions about updating your drive, please contact Quantum support as outlined on the web site under:

Service and Support  >  Contact Support

or use the link included here to view the support page:    Contact Support

We all hope you find this revision to be a significant improvement to your A-Series experience.

Sonnet Technologoies launched the Fusion F3

September 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Sonnet Fusion™ F3 RAID Storage System is Fast, Rugged, Quiet, Integrated, Flexible and Rackable

IRVINE, CA—September 10, 2008—Sonnet Technologies, a leader in providing local storage systems for professional users of Macintosh®, Windows®, and UNIX® systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries, today launched the Fusion F3, a versatile hardware RAID storage system that encloses a pair of high-performance 3.5″ SATA RAID drives to achieve 1TB, 2TB or 3TB configurations in a stylish aluminum and steel case that fits equally well in recording studios, high-end A/V racks, and desktop or portable video editing systems.
The Fusion F3 has all the features demanded by audio and video professionals. The Fusion F3 hardware RAID storage system is fast, rugged, and quiet. The Fusion F3 has the flexibility of a quad interface, and the convenience of an integrated power supply. One or two Fusion F3’s can be rack mounted in a 1U space.
Hardware RAID – The Sonnet Fusion F3 is a two drive hardware RAID system that supports fast (RAID 0), safe (RAID 1), and big (concatenated). The hardware RAID is OS independent and can be attached to virtually any computer or device.
Quad Interface – An eSATA interface is included for maximum speed; FireWire 800 for medium speed; and FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for flexibility.
Speed – Connected via eSATA and its drives initialized as a RAID 0 array, the Sonnet Fusion F3 can sustain read/write transfer rates of 165 MB/sec. That’s fast enough for multiple streams of compressed video editing.
Quiet – Video and audio editors alike prefer drive chassis that are seen but not heard. Sonnet designed the Fusion F3 cooling system to be whisper quiet. Two thermally controlled fans move the same air as a single fan, but with nearly undetectable noise. The drives themselves are the only thing you’ll hear.
Integrated Power – A universal power supply is integrated inside the Fusion F3 chassis. There is no external brick to dangle or come unplugged. The 110-240V, 50-60Hz supply will operate worldwide with the appropriate standard power cable.
Rugged and Reliable – The rugged aluminum and steel case with internal shock isolation is designed for rough grip handling. Mounted side-by-side, each of Fusion F3’s drives is individually shock-isolated, virtually eliminating cross-coupled vibration—a potential source of soft-error-induced skipped frames in video capture and playback. Dual temperature-controlled fans with automatic failover help ensure system reliability.
Rack-Mountable – Out of the box, Fusion F3 systems may be stacked on a flat surface, or stood on edge with the included stand. One or two systems side-by-side may be installed in a standard rack with the optional rackmount kit. The Fusion F3 is 1U high (1.75″), half-rack wide (8.5″), and only 14.25″ deep, perfect for even shallow racks. Front mounted switches for power and drive configuration, as well as indicators for drive activity, drive fault and power are perfect for rack accessibility.
Elegant Industrial Design – Fusion F3’s attractive milled aluminum faceplate and metal controls lend it the appearance of an audiophile component. Blue LED indicators dance with activity. The LEDs may be dimmed for darkened A/V installations.
“Fusion F3 is an exceptionally versatile system that provides leading performance with a smart design and is ideally suited to the needs of professional storage and editing applications,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “This newest addition to our flagship Fusion product line features the look, feel, and accessibility of a high-end A/V system component; the reliability and performance of a professional RAID storage system; and the flexibility, durability, and package of a portable unit.”
Like all Sonnet products, Fusion F3 enjoys long-term support from a company with more than two decades in the computer performance enhancement business. As a provider of complete solutions, including controller cards, storage chassis, and tested hard drives, Sonnet provides a single point of support, thereby simplifying the purchase and maintenance of advanced storage systems.
Fusion F3 – 1TB (part # FUS-F3-1TB), Fusion F3 – 2TB (part # FUS-F3-2TB), Fusion F3 – 3TB (part # FUS-F3-3TB) will be available October 2008. Pricing will be announced at a later date. More information about Fusion F3, Sonnet Technologies, and the company’s other products is available at
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EditShare Rolls Out XStream Series

September 15, 2008 Leave a comment

EditShare Rolls Out XStream Series

EditShare announced the release of EditShare XStream. Part of the new Complete Collaboration product line, XStream is EditShare’s 5th-generation, high-performance shared storage solution for DI and Broadcast workflows. Leveraging the fastest storage technology on the market, each EditShare XStream 16-drive chassis processes over 1GB per second. Users can combine multiple XStream chassis for performance to match the needs of any large-scale production workgroup or high-bandwidth content creation facility.

“Not only can EditShare XStream support a wide range of mission critical and high-bandwidth environments, it does so with immense flexibility,” said Andy Liebman, founder and president, EditShare. “You can put multiple EditShare XStream systems on the same network along with your EditShare Storage Series systems. This allows administrators to manage all their storage requirements from a single unified EditShare interface and precisely match the performance needs of each job. Our customers can also integrate acquisition and browse tools from the new EditShare Flow product line, enabling realtime collaboration from ingest to editing on to archiving and back. The possibilities are limitless and the performance is outstanding.”

Combined with EditShare’s 5th-generation administration, monitoring, and workflow tools, XStream enables industry-leading performance and an open environment for creative teams to share media regardless of application or platform. Users of Apple, Adobe, Assimilate, Autodesk, Avid, Digidesign, Sony, Thomson, and other applications can connect via Gigabit or 10-Gigabit Ethernet and freely share media regardless of size or format. As with EditShare Storage Series systems, XStream offers tremendous workflow advantages within the XStream Workflow Director: true project and media sharing for Apple and Avid users, user management tools that are designed specifically for post and broadcast, and integration with post and broadcast equipment for realtime and complete collaboration across the entire workflow.

EditShare XStream supports huge numbers of SD and compressed HD streams or multiple streams of uncompressed HD or 2K. With its unique PCI Express expansion architecture and a dedicated RAID card for every 8 or 16 drives, XStream provides unparalleled reliability, performance, and scalability.

EditShare will begin shipping the first XStream units at the end of September.

Please contact us for more information.

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