• DS316F8 Optimized
  • DS316F8 Performance

High Performance Single or Dual-Active Storage Solutions for 4K

DS316F8 delivers the ultimate in rock-solid system reliability, redundancy and unmatched performance for any mission critical post production workflow. An active-active, dual 8G, 8-channel, Fibre controller system design provides users with continuous availability of media files at data transfer rates up to 2,700MB/s in RAID 5 mode. A dual-port, 6G SAS expansion bus offers massive growth capabilities by simply adding multiple 16-disk expansion nodes (up to 192TB). Extend compatibility with industry-leading Thunderbolt-to-FC bridging technology and add simultaneous support for both Fibre and Thunderbolt users.

  1. Overview
  2. Specifications
  3. Features
  4. Images
  5. Performance
  6. Available Models

Be more creative
Affordable, high performance 8G FC storage for media and visual effects creation.

Make the DS316F8 the centerpiece of your editing, color grading or visual effects studio. The DS316F8 features an easy-to-use hardware design which allows users to spend more time being creative and less time optimizing computer technology to meet their unique workflow demands. Empower your workstation with the speed and reliability needed for today's high-resolution post production and VFX workflows. Achieve smooth, real-time playback of complex visual effects compositions, preview projects at full native resolution and gain higher track counts in the edit process - all while enjoying fail-safe RAID protection of your most valuable digital assets.

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Optimized for high resolution workflows
End-to-end, 4K workflow storage solution featuring active-active storage controllers.

With a sustained throughput of over 2,000MB/s (RAID 5), the DS316F8 unlocks your workstation's true creative potential by giving facilities the option to take on a wider range of projects, formats and possibilities. From HD to 4K, the DS316F8 is the best storage solution for high resolution media formats such as DPX, RED R3D, ARRIRAW, Arri Alexa, uncompressed HD, DSLR RAW and more. Create, grade and render with total confidence knowing your system is ready to meet the demands of your next big project. The Proavio DS316F8 is backed by a standard 3-year factory warranty and leading next-business day advanced replacement service program on all solution packages.


ha featureActive-active storage for your creative business
Enterprise-class reliability. Highest level of service and support

At the heart of DS316F8 lies the industry's most dependable dual-active RAID technology. The DS316F8 incorporates next generation RAID technology with powerful active-active storage controllers that deliver unrivaled performance and reliability. Proavio has been an integral part of leading post production and broadcasters worldwide, including FOX, NDR, HBO, SONY and NBC.


Thunderbolt-ready solution
Add Thunderbolt connectivity using the industry's most trusted bridging technology

Proavio has partnered with the industry's leading connectivity experts to offer instant compatibility with today's Apple and Thunderbolt equipped systems. DS316F8 users can take full advantage of Proavio FC SAN storage solutions without compromising reliability or performance. Add simultaneous access to existing FC users and Thunderbolt users with one single cost-effective solution.

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 Technical Specifications

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Form Factor
Dual Controller 16-Disk, 4 RU Storage/SAN Array
Single Controller 16-Disk, 4 RU Storage/SAN Array
Memory 8GB 4GB
Data I/O Ports
(8) SFP+, 8G FC
(4) SFP+, 8G FC
Disk Support
  • 3.5", 7.2K SAS, 6G
  • 3.5", 7.2K SATA, 6G
  • 3.5", 7.2K SAS, 6G


  • *NOTE: See models for available capacity configurations
High Availability
  • Yes
6Gb/s SAS Expansion Bus (SFF8088), Up to 256TB[1], 64 Disks Max.[2]
Host OS Support
Mac OS, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Linux®, VMware®, ESX
Hot-swap Power (2) 500W, 80+, hot-swap power modules
Power Requirements


90~264 VAC, 46Hz~63Hz

9A~4.5A, 47Hz~63Hz (each module)

System Cooling

100~240 VAC, 46Hz~63Hz

12A~6A, 47Hz~63Hz (each module)

System Cooling (2) Hot-Swap Smart Fan Modules
Operating Temperature 50°F ~ 104°F
Relative Humidity 10% ~ 85% Non-condensing
Weight 78 lbs
Dimensions (L) 23.22" x (W) 19" x (H) 18.97"
Compliance RoHS, CE, TUV, FCC
Certifications VMware VSphere 5
SAN Compatibility FibreJet, MetaSAN, SANmp, Stornext, Xsan


[1]Formatted capacity will depend on filesystem and RAID settings         [2]Based on (1) DS316F8 storage system and (3) expansion arrays


  Product Features


Active Storage Platform

Available with dual or single storage controllers for added flexibility.
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Gain Higher Throughput

High performance 6G SAS backplane design for maximum throughtput.
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Optimized for Cinema

Designed for 4K resolution file formats and workflows.





High Performance

Experience ultra-fast read and write speeds up to 2,700MB/s.

hot swap

Professional Grade

Professional-grade, Hot-swap components for 24/7 operation.


Service & Support

3-year factory warranty with the 1st year of advance replacement.




tbolt ready


Instantly add high-speed FC storage to any Thunderbolt enabled system.

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FC Workgroup Solution

Compatible with Xsan, MetaSAN, Stornext, Fibrejet and SANmp.     







  Product Performance

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Performance (MB/s) Read Write

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  • READ: 2,864MB/s
WRITE: 2,783MB/s

Operating System

  • Windows 2012


  • Single 2.0GHz Xeon E5504 / 6GB

Host Bus Adapter

  • Qlogic QLE 2564 (Quad Port / 8G FC), Driver Ver.

Disk Drive Model

  • 2TB, WD WD 2001FYYG, 7.2K SAS
 Benchmark Utility
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  • ATTO Disk Benchmark (Ver. 2.47)
  • Transfer Size: 8192.0KB
  • Total Length: 256MB
  • Que Depth: 8


  • RAID 5
  • 1-Volume, 1-LUN
  • 4-ports Connected


 Dual Controller System Models dual-controller

DS316F8-F16TD Includes (16), 1TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives
DS316F8-F32TD Includes (16), 2TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 32.0TB
DS316F8-F48TD Includes (16), 3TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives
DS316F8-F64TD Includes (16), 4TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 64.0TB

 [1] Actual formatted capacity will depend on filesystem and selected RAID configuration.


 Single Controller System Models single-controller

DS316F8-SF16T Includes (16), 1TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives
DS316F8-SF32T Includes (16), 2TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 32.0TB
DS316F8-SF48T Includes (16), 3TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives
DS316F8-SF64T Includes (16), 4TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 64.0TB

  [1] Actual formatted capacity will depend on filesystem and selected RAID configuration.



Storage Expansion Systems expansnion

DS316JD-F16T Includes (16), 1TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 16.0TB
DS316JD-F32T Includes (16), 2TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 32.0TB
DS240JD-F48T Includes (16), 3TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 48.0TB
DS240JD-F64T Includes (16), 4TB, 7.2K, 3.5" SAS Disk Drives 64.0TB

 [1] Actual formatted capacity will depend on filesystem and selected RAID configuration.



 Accessories accessories



8Gb/s Fibre Channel Transceiver Module



Includes (16), 3.0TB, 7K NL SAS Disk Drives



Expansion Cable, SFF8088-to-SFF8088, 1 meter length.