Thursday, August 15th 2013

HighPoint Unveils Cost-Effective Hardware RAID Solutions for DAS

HighPoint unveils Hardware RAID Solutions for Storage Applications that require Point-To-Point connectivity and 6Gb/s transfer performance. One size does not always fit all - the demand for cost-effective direct-attached hardware RAID solutions is now stronger than ever before. SAS-based hardware RAID remains the solution of choice, but the high-cost of entry, and a feature set that favors expansive storage configurations is often at odds with the needs of SMB's and media professionals. Why pay SAS prices for applications that depend on SATA Storage?

Many SMB's are faced with the following dilemma - I/O intensive applications that require the consistent performance and security only hardware RAID can provide, but faced with the sky-high costs associated with conventional SAS-based host-RAID solutions. Again, the question arises: why invest in costly SAS storage and expansion hardware when the target application's is satisfied with direct-attached, point-to-point solution? Today's 6Gb/s SATA storage devices deliver the capacity, performance and reliability necessary to meet the demands of a growing range of professional storage applications, such as HD video editing and post production, video streaming, SMB servers and media workstations. HighPoint understands the needs of this market, and has unveiled a new HBA series that addresses this problem - affordable 6Gb/s hardware RAID solutions: the RocketRAID 362x HBA series.

RocketRAID 362x Series RAID-on-Chip HBA's
HighPoint 6Gb/s SATA RAID-on-Chip HBA's deliver the stability, performance and reliability you expect from a hardware RAID solution, yet offer significant cost savings over 6Gb/s SAS host RAID HBA's.

RocketRAID 362x series HBA's are ideal for storage applications that utilize cost-effective, high-capacity 6G/s SATA hard drives but require the performance advantages and superior reliability that only true hardware RAID can provide.

RocketRAID 362x HBA's utilize a dedicated RAID-on-Chip processor and 512MB of DDR3 cache, which offload all RAID related processing from the host system, freeing up valuable resources and ensuring consistent, high-speed data transfer. Dual-Mini-SAS ports directly support up to 8 6Gb/s SATA devices and up to 32 TB of storage.
A comprehensive management suite delivers a wide-selection of storage monitoring, maintenance and recovery features to help secure mission critical data from the risks of hardware failure.

The dual Mini-SAS ports deliver true, uncompromised 6Gb/s transfer bandwidth for each of the 8 device channels - ideal for large-scale RAID configurations comprised of 6Gb/s SATA HDD's.
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10 Comments on HighPoint Unveils Cost-Effective Hardware RAID Solutions for DAS

#1
Wile E
Power User
This is great and all, but what is the definition of "cost-effective"?

I still, to this day, do not understand why most companies don't give pricing information in press releases.
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focusonpc
Maybe they don't want to violate the rule. If you wanna know the price, amazon will give you a answer, they have amazon's account.
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Athlonite
by: Wile E
This is great and all, but what is the definition of "cost-effective"?

I still, to this day, do not understand why most companies don't give pricing information in press releases.
Via Amazon
Price: CDN$ 605.95 so expensive not cost effective
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Fourstaff
by: Athlonite
Via Amazon
Price: CDN$ 605.95 so expensive not cost effective
Sounds about right for these kind of hardware.
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Athlonite
sounds about over priced jiggery pokery to me
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Wile E
Power User
by: focusonpc
Maybe they don't want to violate the rule. If you wanna know the price, amazon will give you a answer, they have amazon's account.
I shouldn't have to dig up prices on things like this. They should just include the MSRP. It's not asking a lot of them.
by: Athlonite
sounds about over priced jiggery pokery to me
If you have a serious server it isn't. These are about normal priced. Maybe a little cheaper.
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Athlonite
by: Wile E
I shouldn't have to dig up prices on things like this. They should just include the MSRP. It's not asking a lot of them.


If you have a serious server it isn't. These are about normal priced. Maybe a little cheaper.
whilst I agree with you on needing one for a serious server. I disagree on the price, these things are just way over priced for what they are which always seems to be the going thing for anything designed for or with enterprise in mind ( the word enterprise on any IT equipment seems to attract an inordinate increase in price)
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Wile E
Power User
by: Athlonite
whilst I agree with you on needing one for a serious server. I disagree on the price, these things are just way over priced for what they are which always seems to be the going thing for anything designed for or with enterprise in mind ( the word enterprise on any IT equipment seems to attract an inordinate increase in price)
These handle all storage tasks on board, thus taking all load off of the host system. This means no CPU cycles wasted on storage tasks and better overall performance. They are miniature computers, in and of themselves (cpu, ram, BIOS and all), and fill a specific niche. All niche products are pricey.
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Fourstaff
by: Athlonite
whilst I agree with you on needing one for a serious server. I disagree on the price, these things are just way over priced for what they are which always seems to be the going thing for anything designed for or with enterprise in mind ( the word enterprise on any IT equipment seems to attract an inordinate increase in price)
Low volume, different amounts of support, high reliability, etc. A lot of things add up when it comes to enterprise stuff. Of course higher profit margins too :toast:
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Athlonite
Via Amazon
Price: CDN$ 605.95 so expensive not cost effective
Considering the RocketRAID 3530 which the SATA II 12x Drive card these are basically replacing is only $350, and the 4520 which is the card identical to these that supports SAS is $600, I don't believe that Amazon price will be the actual market price when supply is plentiful. The point of these is that they don't support SAS drives, and because of that they are cheaper, so they should be cheaper then the version that does support SAS.
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