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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Solid performance and wow... a great support team!
By Just Another Amazonian Like You
Sonnet is money well-spent. It will "save" you money and heartache in the end.
I'm not going to waste your time with technical content. Just what I wanted to acheive and how this drive help satisfy that need... this was one half a two piece high speed storage solution "on the cheap." This card was a SUCCESS in that equation.
What I wanted:
I wanted a couple of Terabytes of disk space that was fast, and attachable to my i7 Notebook (workstation class - i7 Quad core with 32GB RAM installed, onboard 256GB SSD.) It would be for hosting several lab Virtual Machines, running VMWare Workstation 9.0.
Sonnet Tempo Pro ExpressCard/34 connected to an external eSata Western Digital MyBook (2 drive RAID0) with eSata/USB/FW400/FW800 ports.
This solution provides 24x7 100MB/sec throughput. The Sonnet card is solid, as is the drive solution. It never quits or faults. There might be "faster" solutions, but this one was the right price point, performance, and rock solid reliabiliy.
~$300 including both this fast eSata adapter and the WD Drive. Really good combo.
The card performed every bit as well as I expected. And Sonnet Support EXCEEDED my expectations. If you have an issue, you connect to a human being on first call. That person is courteous, caring, knowledgeable, effective, and solves the issue pronto. Kudos.
1) Linux driver. An ESXi driver so you can make an ESXi "whitebox solution". But I am still happy to run ESXi inside VMWare Workstation if I can't have that.
2) Wish I had bought this card first instead of all the cheap garbage wanna-be's (both card and disk cabinets for that matter)
Hope this helps you.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Doesn't work with my RAID 5 Array
I have a Mac Mini 2.3GHz i5 running OS X Lion Server. I wanted to use Thunderbolt instead of the Firewire 800 port for my 4TB RAID 5 Array. I bought this along with the Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter thinking it would work with my OWC Mercury Rack Pro (the older model with 4 drive trays, eSATA, Firewire 800, USB 2.0 and built-in RAID controller with port multiplier). But sorry to say, it doesn't do what I had expected it to. RAID doesn't mount on the Desktop with this configuration. When I reconnected my Firewire 800 cable, the RAID came back up.
Prior to purchase, I didn't find any information online whether it was supported it or not, though other eSATA RAIDs from OWC were compatible. So I figured I would give it a try. Well now I know. And hopefully others will learn from my mistake and save some money.
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Works great, but the price may be high
Amazon sold this for about 75% off list for a while... they recently bumped it up to less than 50%. I'm not sure it's worth it at that price... but for the price I paid, the perfect Sonnet/OS X integration (works great with 10.5, 10.6, and 10.7) is well worth it.
Off-brand/no-name cards tend to have issues, are seldom supported by new OS's after release (Lion doesn't seem to like most generic Silicon Image 3124 cards), and cause kernel panics. Trust me, I've used them and gone through all of that before.
The Sonnet's been golden for months. Not a single kernel panic & performance is great.