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The silver MobileSTOR MS8X6+HG 8-Bay PCIe 2.0 x8 SAS Expander Tower from Sans Digital offers high capacity storage solutions. The enclosure is bundled with a optimal performance RAID-on-Chip controller card that offloads complicated RAID calculations from the computer or the enclosure to the dedicated RAID engine. Performance can be achieved with a cost-effective ownership compared to RAID embedded subsystems. RAID setup and maintenance can be controlled via built-in web browser interfaces, and the system/RAID management can be monitored via event log and e-mail notifications.
Utilizing high-bandwidth 2400 MB/s mini-SAS (SFF-8088) cabling, the enclosure supports SAS or SATA hard drives to deliver optimal read and write speeds that are crucial in performance-driven environments such as the video editing industry. The mini-SAS connection combines eight hard drive connections into a single cable, reducing possible points of failures while preserving uninterrupted data transfer. A built-in SAS expansion port enables the system to connect up to five units or 120 hard disk drives daisy-chained together. System status information such as the hard drive, power supply, and cooling fan status are provided by the LED. All necessary hardware comes standard, including the RAID controller card, mini-SAS cable, and hard drive tray modules. The enclosure also supports SATA and SAS drives, providing users the option to choose between high-performance and high-capacity storage solutions.
Note:Sans Digital recommends the use of enterprise-class hard drives when in use with any RAID controller applications. Standard desktop or green desktop drives may not be supported and may compromise RAID system stability and performance.
6G SAS Expander Technology
The enclosure connects 8 SAS or SATA drives with only one SFF-8088 to 8088 mini-SAS cable to the bundled RAID controller.
Supports 6G SAS and 6G SATA Technology
The enclosure supports both 6G SAS and SATA hard drives.
It includes a PCIe 2.0 x8 RAID-on-Chip controller card that supports up to RAID 5/6/50. Dedicated hardware RAID engines offload RAID calculations from the main computer to the controller's processor, delivering superior performance.
Optimal Write Performance
With support for SATA 6G or SAS 6G hard drives and 24 Gb/s of data bandwidth, the enclosure is capable of delivering read and write performance of over 1000 MB/s.
Other Features Included
It comes equipped with features such as hot-spare hard drive, auto-rebuilding, online RAID migration, and online capacity expansion.
Web-Based GUI for Management and Monitoring
Built-in web based GUI for setup and monitoring allow management of the RAID status using a web browser. Detailed event information is saved in an event log and critical events can be e-mailed using SMTP. All management and monitoring can be performed on any web browser with remote monitoring.
Built-in staggering spin-up for hard drives during power up helps to extend the life or duty cycle of the hard drives and power supply.
Up to 5 enclosures or up to 120 hard drives can be daisy-chained together for capacity expansion.
The enclosure supports both SAS (Serial SCSI) and SATA hard drives to meet the requirements of different applications with different performance characteristics. Cost-effective SATA drives can be used for capacity-oriented storage such as disk-to-disk backup, data archiving, and digital video editing. Alternatively, enterprise-level SAS drives can be employed for I/O intensive applications such as transactional databases.
Hot-Swappable Cooling Fan
The tower is equipped with hot-swappable cooling fans for easy troubleshooting. The built-in fans come with a carrying handle.
In the Box
Sans Digital MobileSTOR MS8X6+HG 8-Bay PCIe 2.0 x8 SAS Expander Tower (Silver)
RAID-on-Chip Controller Card
Removable Tray Modules
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
8 x 3.5" hot-swappable bays
SAS Expander (mini-SAS, SFF-8088), PCIe 2.0 x8 RAID controller
6G SAS and SATA
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and JBOD
*The over 2 TB requires OS and hardware supports. Over 2 TB support required GPT disk under Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Auto Rebuilding and Hot Spare
2 x 3.5" hot-swappable ball bearing fans
300 W (90 V to 256 V)
8 drive LEDs, fans fail LED, power LED
Seagate 500GB (ST3500514NS) Seagate 750GB (ST3750330NS) Seagate 1TB (ST31000524NS) Seagate 1TB (ST1000NM0011) Seagate 2TB (ST32000644NS) Seagate 2TB (ST32000645NS) Seagate 2TB (ST2000NM0011) Seagate 3TB (ST33000650NS) Western Digital 500GB (WD5002ABYS) Western Digital 1TB (WD1002FBYS) Western Digital 2TB (WD2003FYYS) Western Digital 4TB (WD4000FYYZ) Hitachi 500GB (0F11000) Hitachi 1TB (0A39289) Hitachi 2TB (0F10452) Hitachi 3TB (0F12456) Hitachi 4TB (0F14683) Toshiba 1TB (MK2002TSKB) Toshiba 2TB (MK2002TSKB)
CE, FCC, UL, and RoHS
Dimensions (W x H x D)
8.0 x 15.5 x 13.0" (203.2 x 393.7 x 330.2 mm)
20 lb (9 kg)
Sans Digital MobileSTOR MS8X6+HG 8-Bay PCIe 2.0 x8 SAS Expander Tower (Silver) Review