All rights reserved. Article Focus: Buckle your seatbelts. The first generation HDPro is still a hot performer in its own right, but the new HDPro2 is truly a quantum leap forward. It delivers unprecedented performance for an eight drive RAID, absolutely blowing away everything that's come before, and opening a new world of endless editing possibilities. Don't worry; I won't make you wade through this entire article to get to the results.
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All rights reserved. Article Focus: Buckle your seatbelts. The first generation HDPro is still a hot performer in its own right, but the new HDPro2 is truly a quantum leap forward.
It delivers unprecedented performance for an eight drive RAID, absolutely blowing away everything that's come before, and opening a new world of endless editing possibilities.
Don't worry; I won't make you wade through this entire article to get to the results. So, brace yourself, here goes That's just downright unheard of speed. Increased overhead at this order of magnitude significantly increases real-time editing operations, minimizing many of those agonizing renders, and providing smooth playback of more video and audio streams than ever before from only eight drives. If you don't know very much about RAID technology, keep reading.
This is very important information, and it will become increasingly important to your future, because a new threshold has been broken, and it will further level the playing field for nearly everyone in the industry, because it will put more power into more hands. Yes, you've heard that before, it's a recurring theme, but this time it's a little different.
From this point forward there are virtually no barriers to hold us back from any level of content creation on the desktop. Layers upon layers of compressed and uncompressed high definition video, 3D high definition, and even uncompressed 2K video are in your arsenal.
Suddenly, nothing is impossible. The test then reverses and measures the time necessary to read the same file from the raid back into RAM. As you can see, the HDPro2 delivered an average write speed of Additionally, notice that the graph at bottom remains virtually flat; a clear indication that both reads and writes are extremely consistent throughout both operations.
The exception is the green spike at the very beginning of the read, which is common with most storage units as they get up to speed. The speed test above is again set to read and write another 4GB file, but using smaller frame sized chunks, this time at p bit uncompressed x pixels. In this case you'll notice that the speeds using the p frame size are slightly lower than those of the 2K files in the earlier test.
This is because the megabytes of RAM cache onboard the HDPro2's built-in controller is optimized for performance, and able to sense when a larger or smaller file is coming. The controller adjusts, instantly caching more data for larger files when it needs to, and throttling back for smaller files that don't need to cache as much data in order to keep up without dropping frames. As Jared Picune of CalDigit explains, "Similar to driving, you need more gas when going up a hill and less when going down.
It eliminates the inconsistencies in performance, referred to as "latency," insuring sustained data throughput and eliminating the risk of dropped frames during video playback. All parts are designed, developed, configured, and tested by CalDigit engineers. There's just one number to call with questions or for technical support, and in this business that's simply priceless.
RAID 5 offers the most efficient combination of both performance and data protection for most users. In this mode, should any one of the eight internal hard drives fail, the array is not destroyed; it continues operations at a slower speed, but without any loss of data. When a new drive is added in place of the failed drive, the full array rebuilds across all eight drives, restoring full capacity, speed, and security. The HDPro2 is also easily reconfigured to operate in RAID 6, or "double protected mode," which substantially increases fault tolerance protection, even in cases involving the failure of two hard drives.
To achieve this high level of data protection, the CalDigit RAID engine stores so-called parity, or redundant data blocks, on two dedicated drives in the array, separated from the original data. This utilizes significantly more drive capacity than RAID 5 and reduces write speeds marginally. However, RAID 6 is extremely reliable, calculated to lessen the chance of catastrophic failure by approximately to times.
The controller does all the heavy lifting utilizing a built-in Intel XScale Core Processor to accelerate and optimize RAID performance, processing, power consumption, and data protection. This direct connection eliminates the major data bottleneck of the earlier interfaces such as fibre channel and SCSI, generating bandwidth that's nearly five times faster than traditional fibre solutions. The controller, power supply, and the two huge cooling fans are all user replaceable and very user friendly.
I was able to strip every major component out of the chassis and then reassemble it all in just seconds. So, if anything should ever go wrong, you can order replacement parts overnight and you'll be back up and running in no time. The HDPro2's eight matching certified Hitachi hard drives come meticulously packed, each in its own anti-static pouch, and each safely shock-protected in its own secure foam slot. All drives come tested and ready to go right out of the box, preconfigured for RAID 5, with each drive numbered appropriately corresponding to its proper position in the HDPro2 enclosure.
The drives are simple to install. Using the small supplied key, you simply pop open the hinged locking arm on the cover plate that comes pre-mounted on each drive. Then, each drive slides into its proper slot in the enclosure. The drives lock into place precisely, seating directly into the backplane without a single cable involved.
Anyone can do it. This isn't a necessity for every user, so you don't have to pay extra for it unless you really need it. Combine this feature with RAID 6 protection, and you'll have ultimate data security.
As you can see below, the front panel of the HDPRo2 enclosure is ported with hundreds of tiny perforations for improved ventilation and cooling of the eight hard drives inside.
This does make the HDPro2 I tested is a bit noisier than the HDOne model I own, but that's a small price to pay for superior performance and greater data security. Without question, the HDPro2 deserves a huge 5-Cow rating for its impressive combination of scorching speed and extreme reliability. For more information call CalDigit at their headquarters in Placentia, California at: , or email them at: sales caldigit. Going to be editing a 2K RED feature in a few months, will be interesting to see how it handles.
Indeed, I'd have to say that it's quite misleading. When you purchase your new RAID I'm sure the COW will welcome a well-written and well-reasoned review; just be certain to try getting your facts straight in the future, and try to make sure that you compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges before you have anything published. Regards, David. I've been a long supporter and user of Caldigit products, but after discovering Cineraid, it opened my eyes and realized there are much better systems out there at a lower price.
By the way, I've been running my EditPro 8 bay for two years with no issues knock on wood. And currently saving up to purchased their latest product, The EditPro X, their expandable solution. I'll post some reviews when I get it. Creative COW Admin Note: We from time to time check these kinds of posts to see if they have any ties to the product they are championing so aggressively.
When we looked into this post, we found that the user hides the fact that they work for the company they are championing and that three accounts with different names all originate from the same IP address used to post this.
We find that behavior from a company deplorable. This user claims here to being a longtime CalDigit fan but this could not be verified, as they never once in all the years posting here had a good word to say about CalDigit, anywhere in our site.
Our databases and IP log files show that the source of these posts is from 3 IPs that all belong to accounts that stem from the same IP addresses used by some of those that work with ArecaUS.
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