HighPoint Technologies, a storage solutions manufacturer, said Thursday that it had begun shipments of its cost-efficient SAS-6Gb/s HBA, the RocketRAID 2711. The device is the first-in-the-industry controller with support up to four serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives that costs $179.
The HighPoint RockerRAID 2711 controller is an external 4-port, SAS 6Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 x8 RAID controller that directly supports up to 4 SAS/SATA devices in a variety of storage configurations. The device is specifically designed for workstations and entry-level servers. The controller fully supports external mini-SAS port (SFF-8088), which simplifies installation procedures of external hard disk drives.
The RocketRAID 2711 can support SAS and SATA devices in a multitude of configurations, including non-RAID JBOD’s, single disks, and RAID arrays including 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50, and includes Highpoint’s Unified Web-Based Management interface, which allows both novices and experts to quickly configure, manage and monitor storage configurations.
According to HighPoint, the RocketRAID 2711 delivers enterprise management and connectivity features at entry level costs.
The RocketRAID 2711 is fully backwards compatible with SAS/SATA 3Gb/s devices, PCI-Express 1.0 motherboards, and can be easily integrated into existing storage infrastructure, the manufacturer said.
The RocketRAID 2711 is compliant with all major operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.
A serial version of the SCSI interface, which has been parallel since its inception in 1986. Ratified by ANSI in 2003 as the next-generation SCSI technology, SAS is a point-to-point architecture that uses a disk controller (host bus adapter) with four or more channels that operate simultaneously. Each full-duplex channel, known as a SAS port, transfers data at 3 or 6 Gbps in each direction. SAS also supports Serial ATA (SATA) drives, which can be mixed with SAS drives in a variety of configurations. (pc-mag)