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If performance and scalability are your key requirements... E8 is hard to beat

E8 is the powerhouse of our productline, offering unparelleled performance of up to 1900 MB/s when fully loaded with SAS drives, or 2500 MB/s using SATA drives. No other RAID controller in the industry can offer this kind of performance - and if that's not enough, you can double the performance by adding a second RAID controller to the E8-system. The E8 offers phenomenal space with support for up to 448TB per RAID controller.


Products:  FIBRE to SAS/SATA RAID:  E8-1664-F281-A1 





The e8-series is truly the 'jewel in the crown' of the Fibrenetix product line and since its introduction in Spring 2011, has become the industry benchmark product.

When looking at the Performance, Scalability and Features, its easy to understand why the e8 has taken the market by surprise. Combined with Fibrenetix's proven reliability record and very competitive price point, the e8 has raised a few eyebrows in the industry.

Video Editing
e8 performance really comes into its own when used as a key-component in video editing - HD uncompressed, 2K or even 4K edit is no match for the e8. With a dual RAID controller set-up, e8 can support dual streams of 4096x3072 at 24fps in 16bit RGB (requires 15K RPM SAS drives or SDD's drives).

CCTV Surviellence
In a large CCTV installation with hundreds of cameras streaming images 24x7 - the e8-series Reliability and Scalability is unbeatable. Fibrenetix has a long standing record of reliability with key customers in the CCTV industry with some of our largest e-series installations in airport surviellence at Doha airport in Qatar. The e8 offers huge capacities of up to 336TB per controller or 632TB in a dual controller environment. This is achived by installing 3TB SATA-II or SAS drives in our 16-bay 3U enclosure - 7x enclosures including the RAID enclosure can be joined together and managed by the RAID controller.

Exchange Server Applications
e8-series performance is equally impressive in an I/O intensive environment, such as a backbone for Microssoft Exchange Server. Several Fibrenetix customers have already reported considerable gains in performance when using Microsoft 2010 Exchange Server and the E8-series. Supporting up to 128 LUNs (volumes) per controller, Exchange Server behaviour can be fine tuned and optimized to suit user requirements. For maximum reliability the e8-series can be used with OS embedded multi-path & load balancing drivers, such as Microsoft MPIO.

Enterprise Reliability, without the Enterprise Pricepoint
The e8 is based on the e-series storage enclosure. This enclosure has several years of proven track record as one of the most reliable in its class. The complete cableless design supports Fibrenetix Smart Cooling Technology and a caddy system which protects all Hard Drives and thereby user data, against vibration and electronic interference.

Our hard drive caddies also features a small "gearbox" located in the handle - ensuring that insertion and removable of drives is regulated with the same force every time, ensuring the connectors on the back plane cannot be damaged. The caddy is designed to support, SATA II, SAS or even SDD's (Solid State Disks) - EVEN 3.5" and 2.5" drives can be installed in this caddy - Protecting the users invcestment, even when the industry moves to new technologies.

Fibrenetix smart cooling technology ensures the operating temperature of every hard drive is monitored. Should any drives operational temperature increase duirng use, the smart cooling processor will immediately adjust the fan speed to ensure all drives are operating with optimum and stabile temperature. The smart cooling processor also monitors other critical components, including the RAID controller, power supplies and temperature of the backplane.
If the storage system is installed in an fully airconditioned room, the smart cooling processor will adjust down the FAN speed level.

The smart cooling technology is truly 'smart' and a key component in ensuring that our storage subsystems run for years without component failures or loss of data. On the rare occasion that a power supply, hard drive or fan does fail, the system has been designed to cope until the failed part has been replaced. As these components are hot-swappable, they can be replaced without powering down or interrupting the daily use of the system. Even the RAID controller can be hot-swapped, if a second controller has been installed and set up to auto-failover.

Power when you need it
The high performance RAID controller delivers outstanding power to your server or applications. Based around the latest INTEL processor technology, its more likely your server or application will 'run out of steam' before the e8 slows down. If users require more than 1500 Mb/s, adding the second RAID controller is easy - and performance will double, as long as enough hard drives are attached to feed the e8 of course. (Minimum 32, but +48 recommended, if transfer rates over 2500MB/s are required.)

The e8-series comes with 2Gb cache memory as standard and 4x high speed 8Gbit Fibre Channel host connections, offering a total bandwidth of over 3000Mb/s per RAID controller.
All e8-series comes with 2x Enterprise class SFP's and 2x 3m Fibre channel optical cables as standard, ensuring the user can start using the e-series knowing all components have been tested and certified by Fibrenetix.

What's New in e8-series

  • Latest Intel technology processor, taking transfer rates to a new industry level
  • 4x 8Gbit Fibre Channel host connections
  • 2GB Cache as standard, upgradeable to 4GB
  • New Fibrenetix Memory Tunnel Technology, offering better performance in video streaming
  • Dual independant RAID controller option, for maximum performance
  • Dual Active / Active RAID controller option (SAS drives only), for maximum fault tolerance
  • New Firmware and GUI interface, with optional LUN masking capabilities
  • Supports 3Gbit and 6Gbit Hard drives (up to 4TB capacity)
  • Dual 6Gbit SAS expander ports for scalability 
  • Volume and Hard drives test options for maximum media integrity
  • Seamless online capacity expansion

Technical Spec



RAID Controller     Intel 800MHz Processor

RAID Design

Cableless Intelligent Backplane Integration
Max. Supported # Drives 16x SAS / SATA-II HDDs
High Security RAID Level RAID-6
Other Supported RAID Levels JBOD, 0, 1, 0+1, 3 , 5, 10, 30, 50, 60
Memory Bus

Up to 4GB DDR2-800 SDRAM with ECC

Memory Type Industry Standard DDR ECC SDRAM
Memory 2GB Standard
Upgradable to 4 GB
Host Bus Interface 8Gbit Fibre-Channel
Host Bus Channels 4 Channels
Disk Bus Interface 6Gbit SAS / 6Gbit Serial-ATA
Disk Bus Channels 16 Independent Channels
Host-Independent Yes
Operating Systems
Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000,
MSCS (Microsoft Cluster Server) Windows NT,
Windows XP-Pro, Windows Vista, Sun-Solaris, Linux, True64 Unix,
Novell, plus any system with a standard SCSI interface. 
HDD supported max. Capacity 4 TERABYTE
Maximum Subsystem Capacity 64 TB in RAID-0 & JBOD
56 TB in RAID-6 (
Drive Temperature Sensors Yes, one per drive-slot
Redundant Components HDD, PSU & Fan modules, LCD panel
optional redudant controller
Hot Swap Components HDD, PSU & Fan modules, LCD panel
Optional redudant controller
Management RS-232, Web-browser and SNMP
Alerts Audible alarm, LEDs,  RS-232,
Web-browser, Email and SNMP traps
I/O connectors

Four SFF sockets for SFP Modules
2x SAS expansion port (SFF8088 miniSAS)
1x RJ11 type Debug port
1x RJ11 type RS-232 port
1 RJ45 type Ethernet port 

Power Requirements
& Certifications
110/240 VAC, 60/50 Hz. Autosensing.
Dual independent 560 watt power supplies.
FCC Class-A & CE compliant
TUV, UL1950, CSA-950
Operating Temperature 5oC to 40oC
Non-Operating Temperature -40oC to 70oC

Relative Humidity

10% to 85% non-condensing

Form Factor

3U, 19" Rackmount


483 (W) x 552 (D) x 3U (H) mm


25 KG (without disk drives)


·         High performance Intel Technology processor, with RAID-5 and RAID-6 hardware acceleration for outstanding performance levels

·         Supports high performance SAS / SATA-III hard drives, pushing transfer rates and reliability to a new benchmark (support 6 Gbit)

·         Optional multi-lane SAS connector for expandability and scalability - add JBOD storage to connect up to 112 HDDs

·         High-end enterprise E-Series caddy system offering the best protection of hard disks and data, designed to support 10K & 15K RPM hard drives

·         Flexibility to use SAS & SATA-III drives simultaneously in a single E8 enclosure

·         Powerful 560W redundant PSU’s - beat all competitive products offering sufficient power to support high performance HDDs and controller. With increased reliability and MTBF (mean time between failures) of critical components

·         Supports Xsan 2 and Final Cut Studio 2, offering better performance and relibility than any comparible storage offering

·         2GB cache as standard, providing exceptional DATA STREAMING performance & improved RANDOM access

·         ?Environmentally friendly’ E8 supports industry standard MAID technology (spinning down drives when not in use), considerably reducing power consumption

·         Intelligent cooling system which continuously adapts to environmental conditions by automatically controlling the speed of the fans for optimal cooling

·         Unique upgradeability offering true POI (protection of investment). All E-series products can be upgraded to the newest technology:

E1 > E2 or E4 - via upgrade of backplane & controller

E2 > E4 - via upgrade of controller only

E4 > E8 - via upgrade of controller only

·         Sophisticated monitoring and alert system enabling the system administrator to monitor and receive alerts via onboard Ethernet connection

·         Built-in management software supports any internet browser and alerts can be sent via POP3 emails, SNMP or network broadcasting, ALL without any installation of software or drivers

·         Unique optional hot-swap SmartLCD, push-button removal for added security and easy replacement

·         Compatible with major brands of video editing, capture and playback cards, devices and software.

·         Selectable RAID levels: JBOD, 0, 1, 0+1, 3 , 5 plus RAID-6 for the ultimate protection of your valuable data

·     4x 8Gbit Fibre Channel Host connections


Rear view of E8 Raid controller PSU 518/560W incl. Dual Turbo Fans
e8 RAID controller, shows 4x FC 8Gbit and Dual SAS Expander
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