Accusys, with the A16T2, certainly has a winner on their hands with this latest appliance. Not only is this unit impressive as a DAS, but the ability to pair this with software such as OS X Server and Xsan turn this unit into a full on Thunderbolt SAN. It's marvelous.
The build quality is about as solid as a unit can come. The enclosure is manufactured with steel nearly everywhere you look while the drive trays add both aesthetics and functionality to the unit as they snap in and out with a simple push. The redundant power supplies add a higher level of redundancy than we are used to with Thunderbolt solutions and with each of the two fan tunnels being modular, they are simple to replace should you ever have any issues.
The performance was good, and if I'm honest, I actually expected this unit to be a bit quicker but alas we did run this through testing with hard drives. Of course, RAID 0 was the quickest in our testing with DST reaching its highest at 1193 MB/s read but not far behind were RAID 5 and RAID 0+1 at 1184 MB/ read and 1166 MB/s, respectively.
In our testing with AJA, I was surprised to see the unit produce over 1200 MB/s on several occasions. The first was just as we started 720p testing with RAID 0, but it didn't end there. As we progressed through testing, we found that the higher resolutions seemed to shine with both RAID 0 and RAID 0+1, but RAID 5 and 6 found different levels of performance.
Overall, I am quite happy with the build quality of the Accusys A16T2-Share, and on the functionality front, this unit is second to none. I have never seen nor has there ever been a Thunderbolt storage solution that has four host ports, but I don't think it will stay this way for long. At this point, there is very little information on pricing or warranty as this unit is just too new, but rest assured for those that could use a quality, high-end storage solution such as this to increase productivity, no price would be too much.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||92%|
|Value for Money||N/A|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: The Accusys A16T2-Share is as advertised, a highly flexible Thunderbolt storage solution that aims to increase productivity without sacrificing performance.
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