Storage specialist Addonics Technologies has announced earlier today the introduction of a new series of RAID enclosures, dubbed the RAID Tower XIII, which can hold up to twenty 3.5-inch hard drives.
The series includes five new RAID enclosures featuring pretty much the same specifications outside of the connectivity options that differ between the models.
Depending on the enclosure chosen, the RAID Tower XIII can be configured to include four eSATA or four USB 3.0 ports, or a single mini SAS connector.
The reason why Addonics
installed four eSATA or USB ports has to do with the enclosures internal RAID configuration as the twenty hard drives are split into four different RAID groups comprised of 5 HDD units.
Addonics' RAID Tower XIII supports both the RAID 1 and RAID 0 modes as well as the RAID 5 or RAID 5+S modes.
A part of the five models announced today by Addonics come with a special Snap-In Disk Arrays, which enables the hard drives can be added or removed like tape cartridges from each bay without requiring any additional tools.
Once installed, the HDD's
are configured via either the on-board dip switches or the included Windows software utility.
Each unit comes integrated with a 500 watts power supply and two 120mm ball-bearing low noise high CFM cooling fans for efficient ventilation. In addition, each RAID group can be shared on an LAN by attaching to an optional Addonics NAS adapter.
The Addonics RAID Tower XIII external enclosures
are available as we speak in the company's online store with prices starting at $965.00 (roughly 703 EUR).
The cheapest unit to sport a mini SAS connector is priced at $1079.00 (786 EUR). Sadly, the mini SAS-equipped units come without eSATA or USB 3.0 connectivity.