Areca ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Storage

Areca ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Storage

Areca ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Storage

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Product Highlights

  • 12 x SAS 12 Gb/s Drive Bays
  • Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort
  • RAID 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60
  • Dual-Core 1.2 GHz RAID-On-Chip
  • 2GB DDR3-1866 ECC Memory
  • SFF-8644 Expansion Support
  • 2 x Cooling 2700 rpm Fans
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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Areca ARC-8050T3-12 Overview

  • 1Description

The ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Storage from Areca comes with twelve drive bays along with two Thunderbolt 3 ports to provide a Windows or Mac system with additional storage capacities for editing environments. The drive bays are compatible with user-supplied drives that feature 3.5"/2.5" 12Gb/s SAS/SSD or 6Gb/s SAS/SATA/SSD interfaces. The ARC-8050T3 is armed with a dual-core 1.2 GHz RAID-On-Chip and 2GB of DDR3 ECC memory to offer hardware RAID protection, which enables you to configure your drives in a RAID 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, single disk, or JBOD array. Each of the two Thunderbolt 3 ports delivers up to 40 Gb/s transfer speeds and supports up to six Thunderbolt-enabled devices on a daisy-chain. To further expand your system's storage capability, you can connect additional storage units to the ARC-8050T3's Thunderbolt 3 or SFF-8644 expansion ports. For cooling the internal components and your drives, two cooling fans are on board. There's also a 400W power supply for powering your drives and the ARC-8050T3.

Thunderbolt ARC-8050T3 RAID Storage Features

Thunderbolt 3 Performance
Thunderbolt 3 brings speeds of up to 40 Gb/s and offers a versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. The ARC-8050T3 is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports for connecting to any Thunderbolt 3-enabled host and offers an additional Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining other peripherals, while also supplying power for quick notebook charging. The Thunderbolt daisy-chaining connection supports up to six devices, so you can connect multiple ARC-8050T3 solutions for large amounts of video storage with a single Thunderbolt connection to your host computer. The ARC-8050T3 also sports a full-sized DisplayPort video output on its rear, allowing for a quick and easy 4K 60Hz display setup.
4K Workflow
The ARC-8050T3 is a Thunderbolt 3 12-bay desktop SAS/SATA RAID storage with RAID control capabilities for Windows and Mac systems. The ARC-8050T3 has incorporated an on-board RAID-On-Chip and ECC SDRAM memory to deliver high-performance hardware RAID protection against drive failure. This combination helps provide a suitable storage device for a video editor working with real-time multi-stream HD and 4K workflows. It runs efficiently without disruption or major drops in performance to meet the requirements of 4K data workflows. Additionally, it drives multiple 4K displays simultaneously while outputting 4K visuals and file transfers.
Enterprise-Class Data Availability and Security
The ARC-8050T3 supports a hardware RAID 6 array that allows two HDD failures without impacting data and performance. It allows you to hot swap a drive in the event of a drive failure with zero downtime. Its high data availability and protection comes from many advanced RAID features on the ARC-8050T3 desktop RAID storage design. With Intelligent power On/Off function, it can intelligently power down the unit after the Thunderbolt host shuts down everything for data integrity. The ARC-8050T3 also supports a battery backup option that protects all data in cache memory in the event of an unexpected power outage. Board-level hardware encryption manages many kinds of drives attached to ARC-8050T3 without impacting the performance for higher levels of security.
Easy-to-Manage Storage
Configuration and monitoring the ARC-8050T3 can be managed either through the LCD control panel, Thunderbolt interface, or LAN port. The ArcSAP quick manager is a multi-language management software specifically designed for managing and configuring the ARC-8050T3 RAID storage. The intelligent cooling system continuously adapts to environmental conditions by automatically controlling the speed of the cooling fans. You can even configure ARC-8050T3 to intelligently spin down drives during periods of inactivity to further reduce noise and save energy.

RAID Features

RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk, or JBOD
Multiple RAID selection
Support up to 1MB stripe size
Online array roaming
Online RAID level/stripe size migration
Support global hot spare and local hot spare
Instant availability and background initialization
Advanced configuration for smooth data streaming
Disk scrubbing/ array verify scheduling support
Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function
SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support
SED (Self-encrypting drives) function support
Support HDD firmware update
Support for native 4K and 512 byte sector SAS and SATA devices
Redundant flash image for adapter availability
System status indication through LCD, LED and alarm buzzer
McRAID manager - browser-based management tool (LAN or Thunderbolt)
ArcSAP manager - multi-language management software
Push Buttons and LCD Display panel for setup and status
Command Line Interface (CLI) - scriptable configuration tool
API libraries support - combine GUI with user management utility
SNMP support for remote monitoring
SMTP support for email notification

Additional Functions

Advanced configuration provides an optimized parameter to adjust controlled firmware behavior for smooth data streaming
Embedded web server for remote control from one Gigabit Ethernet port
In the Box
Areca ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Storage
  • Thunderbolt 3 Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Areca ARC-8050T3-12 Specs

    Drive Bays 12 x SAS 12 Gb/s
    Disk Support 3.5"/2.5" 12 Gb/s SAS/SSD or 6 Gb/s SAS/SATA/SSD
    Cache Memory 2 GB DDR3 1866
    Cooling 2 x 2700 rpm fans
    Power Supply 400 W
    Connections 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    1 x DisplayPort
    SFF-8644 (4-lanes) expansion support
    RAID Level 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk, JBOD
    Supported Operating Systems Windows 8 or later
    Mac OS X 10.12 or later
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
    Operating Humidity 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.1 x 12.2 x 11.4" / 205.7 x 309.9 x 289.6 mm
    Weight 20.8 lb / 9.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 23.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 14.2 x 9.8"

    Areca ARC-8050T3-12 Reviews

    ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Storage is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable and fast This 12 bay array has been flawless and FAST and I am planning more projects and recommending to friends. Im using 4KN drives only with Mac OSX so far. I was able to test on the 4k BlackMagic drive test and it handles all the various bit rates but the very last and most extreme bit test. But I was shocked at how it keeps a steady consistent flow of data at such extreme bitrate. I want to try on Windows server 2016 also as a primary production storage for file sharing. Would be much faster than iscsi. I have tried OTHER brands raid chassis in this price range and have lost time and money finding out weeks later that the controller is garbage and we lose data or lots of time. Im very pleased with this product and plan to buy more.
    Date published: 2018-11-08
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unreliable, terrible support from Areca, excellent performer After a series of exchanges to get a unit that wasnt DOA or damaged, got my 12 bay unit. Fan failed within a few hours. Because it was the second failed unit, Areca promised quick exchange through its US agent (Tekram). It took almost 2 months (from June till almost August) to get a fan fixed. Now, on 11/7/18, the fan failed again, so perhaps after two months of effort, Areca Taiwan didnt actually replace a defective motherboard. It doesnt matter - you cant count on either quality control, design, USA or Taiwan based service from Areca.  Arecas agent will not replace bad units under warranty from USA stock - they send units back to Taiwan, so you have 4 shipping events to get even a minor fix.  Too bad - the unit performs excellently - Im running RAID 6 10 drives and get the expected performance. Unless you can afford to buy an extra unit as a spare, do not buy this product.
    Date published: 2018-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb very compact RAID Running RAID 6 and getting Write: 1500 mb/s Read: 1800 mb/s. 12 10tb drives, 120tb net, 144tb overall with a very compact footprint. Works equally well under Win10 and MacOS. Perfect.
    Date published: 2018-09-14
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    hi, i'm interested in 8050t3. in the description it's said that it has 12x SAS 12 Gb/s drive. My questions :1. Does it mean i can only use the drives with SAS interface , so i can't use SATA drive. correct ? 2. can you give me a list of type of recommended harddrive. Can i use seagate constellation drives ? because i have a lot spare of these drives at home.3. Any driver for linux ?
    Asked by: claystudiofx ..
    Both SAS and SATA are supported by this unit
    Answered by: Joseph C.
    Date published: 2019-02-13

    How loud is this thing when filled with drives, ...

    How loud is this thing when filled with drives, would it be obnoxious to have on a desk?
    Asked by: Cody
    surprisingly quiet compared to a regular rack mounted server...I am using HGST He12
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-06-20
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