The Industry's Most Cost-Effective Bootable Hardware RAID Solution for CPU-Resource Hungry Servers
HighPoint’s SSD6200 Series Host RAID Controllers are the industry’s most cost-effective, bootable NVMe Storage solutions for high-performance, mission critical server platforms. The compact single-width 2 and 4 port NVMe Host RAID controllers support off-the-shelf M.2 SSDs of any capacity, and can be easily integrated into any industry standard x86 Intel or AMD based server or workstation with a free PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 x8 or x16 slot.
Replace & Upgrade Bootable SATA SSD Solutions with NVMe Hardware RAID Technology
Although SATA SSDs have proven to be a reliable way to improve the performance of bootable volumes for a variety of computing applications, the SATA storage interface is legacy technology, and is unsuitable for workflows that require a data transfer rate in excess of 600MB/s. By contrast, a single, NVMe SSD is capable of outperforming an entire array of conventional SSDs. As a result, most modern computing platforms include an M.2 port for the systems boot drive.
However, the NVMe controllers integrated into the vast majority of modern server and workstation platforms come with major caveats; most are completely dependent on the system hardware, often limit customers to a specific make or model of NVMe SSD, place restrictions on possible PCIe configurations due to Bifurcation requirements, and rely on an OS-controlled software RAID solution for data redundancy.
HighPoint NVMe Hardware RAID solutions were designed to address all of these concerns. Our SSD6200 series NVMe RAID AICs are ideal for mission critical enterprise server platforms. Unlike purely software based VROC and AMD RAID solutions, SSD6200 controllers operate independent of the host hardware and operating system; they process all RAID related calculations internally and allow the enterprise server to focus all of its CPU and memory resources on mission critical tasks and performance-hungry applications.
In addition, SSD6200 controllers require no Bifurcation support. The controller hardware architecture handles all lane allocation directly, and will distribute the maximum available bandwidth to each of the hosted NVMe SSDs. And unlike conventional SAS/SATA based bootable RAID solutions, SSD6200 series controllers directly host the storage media. Customers will not need to allocate drive bays to the RAID solution, nor invest in a dedicated server rack and any required power, cooling and cabling accessories.
Driverless Installation for a Wide Spectrum of Enterprise & Virtualization OS Platforms
SSD6200 series RAID AICs are natively supported by all major Virtual Machine platforms including VMware, Proxmox and Hyper-V, and current enterprise operating systems, such as Windows Server, Linux distributions and FreeBSD.
This enables SSD6200 series controllers to function as plug-and-play hardware RAID solutions. No special procedures or software applications are required; SSDs and array hosted by SSD6200 series controllers will be automatically recognized by each platform’s default storage management interface.
Native driver support also simplifies routine kernel updates and OS patches. Unlike non-native, unembedded devices, SSD6200 series can remain in operation during the upgrade procedure, without fear of data loss or extended downtime..
HighPoint Bootable Hardware RAID AIC's provide a wide range of enterprise class features designed to streamline Monitoring, Management & Maintenance workflows.
Enterprise Class Monitoring & Serviceability
HighPoint SSD6200 Series NVMe Host RAID Solutions empower administrators with an extensive selection of enterprise-class monitoring and management features designed to combat the threat of downtime by streamlining maintenance, field service and upgrade workflows.
SSD6200A/B Variants feature bracket mounted LED indicators that are capable of tracking the status of the PCIe host connectivity and RAID configurations. We encourage those interested in learning more about the LED features and implementation to view the video walkthrough available here.
SSD6200A/B Variants are also equipped with a secure out-of-band (OOB) management port and integrated console management interface. OOB is ideal for field maintenance and on-site services as it allows the RAID storage to be administered directly, independent of the host platform, and outside of the OS. SSD6200 controllers support HII; this enables administrators to remotely access host platforms that support the IPMI interface.
Industry’s Most Comprehensive NVMe RAID Management Suite
A wide range of administrative tools are available for SSD6200 series controllers. The suite is modular, and allows customers to select which tools are appropriate for the task at hand. Each utility works in isolation, but all can be installed simultaneously if desired.
The UEFI Tool is a command line interface designed for use at the pre-OS level, and can be used to configure arrays prior to OS installation.
The HII (human interface infrastructure) compliant BIOS interface is natively supported by a wide range of server class motherboards and computing platforms. It provides RAID creation and maintenance options via the motherboard’s standard BIOS menus.
The WebGUI and CLI applications are installed via a single software package, and are designed for use at the OS level. The WebGUI is an intuitive graphical user interface that is compatible with any modern web browser. The CLI command line interface is designed for use with Linux and FreeBSD terminal and MS DOS windows. Both tools include a selection of advanced monitoring and management tools include SHI (storage health inspector) with active SMART monitoring and TBW tracking, and an Event Log with configurable Email Notification.
Integrated Hardware RAID Switch: The SSD6202 and SSD6200A/B Variants feature a Hardware switch for instant RAID configuration. No OS, BIOS interface or software application is required; administrators can instantly configure RAID 1 mirroring for maximum security, RAID 0 striping for max performance and capacity, or enable each hosted SSDs to operate as an independent disk, without having to physically install the controller.
HighPoint Bootable NVMe Hardware RAID Solutions
The SSD6202A is an ultra-compact, bootable dual-port M.2 NVMe Hardware RAID AIC designed for use with VMware, Linux & Windows server platforms. The controller is natively supported by all modern PC operating system platforms and is equipped with a range of enterprise class management and monitoring features.
Host Interface: PCIe 3.0 x8
Device Ports: 2x M.2
Form Factor: FL-HH
The SSD6204A 4-channel M.2 NVMe Hardware RAID controller supports one or more bootable RAID 0, 1, and JBOD arrays. Designed for enterprise and business server applications, the SSD6204A is natively supported by VMware ESXi, Hyper-V and Linux distributions running kernel v3.10 or later.