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HighPoint Technologies: Storage for compact workstations

Visitors to IBC old enough to remember when a dual floppy drive PC — rather than a single drive —was the height of computing sophistication are doubtless amazed by how computing storage has been transformed in terms of size, transfer speed and reliability. Showing its latest innovations is HighPoint Technologies.

Combining the features of HighPoint hardware RAID solutions and Thunderbolt 2 PCIe expansion into a single, palm-sized adapter, the HighPoint RocketStor 6328 Thunderbolt 2 to 6Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter is said to be ideal for compact workstations or portable computing platforms, substantially reducing hardware footprint without sacrificing performance. Hardware RAID, SAS expansion, SATA port multiplier, and LTO tape drive devices can now be hosted, simultaneously, from a single RocketStor 6328 adapter, for Mac Thunderbolt platforms and OS X 10.9.x and later.

The built-in hardware RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and JBOD configurations, while the dual external mini-SAS ports directly support up to 8 SAS/SATA hard drives and SSDs, up to 20 when paired with SATA port multiplier capable drive enclosures, and as many as 128 via an SAS Expander. The RocketStor 6328 natively support arrays created with any HighPoint RocketRAID controller and Mac OS X RAID configurations.