Monday, October 03, 2011

Icy News: HBA With Four USB 3.0 ports and RAID Support

"HighPoint Technologies, Inc. launches its USB 3.0 HBA, theRocketU 1144AR

Four dedicated 5Gb/s ports deliver 20Gb/s of throughput, and support single disk and RAID configurations including 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD.
Conventional USB 3.0 Card + RAID Enclosure packages restrict performance with a maximum transfer bandwidth of 5Gb/s. Such solutions effectively handicap today's fastest external devices, including the latest generation of SSDs, which now meet or exceed this 5Gb/s limitation.

HighPoint's RocketU Quad-Port HBA's eliminate this performance bottleneck, and represent a cost effective external USB 3.0 storage solution for PC platforms.

With a potent combination of PCI-E x4 bus speeds and dedicated 5Gb/s per-port transfer rates, the RocketU 1144AR delivers performance while saving you hundreds of dollars over existing RAID solutions.

Flexible, High-Performance External Storage
The RU1144's integrated RAID technology allows users to configure arrays using combinations of USB external hard drives, SSDs, enclosures and docking bays. Mix and match SSDs and hard drives of any USB generation, into high-performance stripe configurations, or secure valuable data with mirrored arrays.

For the gaming and multi-media experience, configure RAID 0 arrays using multiple, external USB 3.0 drives for maximum performance. Configure mirror and 5 arrays to provide additional layers of security, and protect valuable data from the risks of hardware failure.

The RocketU 1144AR's web-based Management interface allows you to configure RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD arrays using a variety of external USB 3.0 storage devices.

RocketU HBA's are backwards compatible with any PCI-E 1.0 x4/x8 and x16 slot, and will automatically recognize any external USB hard disk or SSD's that are pre-configured or already contain data. RocketU HBA's are compatible with USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 hard drives, SSDs, multi-bay enclosures and docking bays." -via StorageNewsletter

Had enough of USB 3.0? HighPoint releasing this kind of device is something to note. With USB 3.0 enclosures on the trend up, it can make transferring data much faster. Let us know what you think!

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