HighPoint RAID & Storage Technology

HighPoint RAID & Storage Technology

Some product/category descriptions and marketing material will include “HighPoint RAID IP” or “RAID Stack”. This is used interchangeably with “RAID Technology” – it refers to our proprietary RAID technology.

HighPoint RAID technology is unique to HighPoint and FnL product lines. Our RAID technology is independent of the host operating system and hardware platform, and is roam-capable; arrays can generally be moved from one controller to another within the same interface class, and remain intact. This simplifies upgrade and maintenance procedures (such as upgrading an aging controller with a model that supports newer interface standards, or replacing a failed controller).

Universal RAID Administration

HighPoint RAID solutions share a common technical “language”. Customers familiar with one HighPoint solution will be immediately at home with any other.

All HighPoint RAID controllers, enclosures and adapters utilize the same commands, feature sets and management interfaces, regardless of the host hardware platform or operating system.

RAID Roaming

HighPoint RAID Solutions support RAID Roaming. HighPont’s “Roaming” technology is comprised of two separate but related features, both of which were designed to streamline upgrade, recovery and replacement procedures.

  1. The ability to move an array between different RAID controllers. RAID arrays created and hosted by HighPoint RAID solutions can be freely moved between products within the same family. In addition, customers can move existing RAID configurations to a new or updated product. For example, RAID arrays created with our RocketRAID 2700 Gb/s SAS/SATA controllers will be recognized by a RocketRAID 4500 series 6Gb/s SAS/SAT Hardware RAID controller, RocketRAID 3700 SAS 12Gb/s series controller, or even a RocketStor 6628A Thunderbolt 3 RAID Enclosure.

  2. The ability to change the drive order without damaging the array. For example the drive originally attached to “port 1” is moved to “port 4”, and vice-versa. Arrays created and hosted by HighPoint RAID solutions will remain intact even if the physical drive order is changed.

OCE/ORLM – Expanding and Migrating RAID Arrays

OCE – Online Capacity Expansion: OCE allows you to add storage capacity to an existing RAID array while preserving your existing data. In most cases, this feature is used when adding one or more physical drives to an array; for example, expanding from a 3-drive RAID 5 configuration to a 7-drive RAID 5 configuration.

 

ORLM – Online RAID Level Migration: ORLM allows you to change one RAID level to another RAID level while preserving your existing data; for example, converting a RAID 5 array to a RAID 6 array.

 

Cross-Sync – refers to Cross-Sync RAID Technology, which is a feature of several SSD7000 series NVMe RAID Controllers.

Cross-Sync is proprietary technology and is unique to HighPoint. Cross-Sync combines two or more RAID controllers to act as a single device, effectively doubling the potential transfer bandwidth and storage capability.

 

In order to maximize performance, the customer must have two free PCIe slots of the corresponding generation with required number of lanes.

 

For example, Cross-Sync RAID technology can merge two separate SSD7540 NVMe RAID controllers to function as a single 16x M.2 port RAID solution. This particular combination requires two dedicated PCI Gen4 (4.0) slots with x16 lanes each to deliver maximum throughput (approximately 28,000MB/s).

 

DV Mode – DV mode (or Digital Video-Mode), refers to HighPoint’s caching technology for Hardware RAID controllers (RR4500 series, RS641xAS series, RS6228A, RS6314A/B). This technology was originally developed to help streamline large file transfers for RAID 5 and 6 arrays comprised of SAS or SATA hard disk drives, by minimizing latency. It is most often used for professional media applications (such as video editing and production).