Another Paradigm Shift for High-End Media Applications; Offload Digital Assets – Over 13GB/s!

Once again, HighPoint NVMe technology has initiated a paradigm shift for high-speed storage applications. Our unique HPC architecture optimizes the performance and storage characteristics of U.2 media. The HPC series’ unique host controller architecture allocates x4 dedicated lanes to each NVMe Channel to ensure SSD configurations are always up to the task; whether configured to act independently or into one more RAID arrays. HPC controller solutions benefit from our industry proven RAID stack, with a particular focus on maximizing write performance; an essential feature for high-end media applications that demand mass storage capability that does not compromise performance thresholds.

HighPoint High Port Count NVMe RAID Controllers are designed for high-end Digital Imaging, rendering and recording applications. Our performance-focused NVMe RAID stack and dedicated x16 PCIe 3.0 lanes enable each NVMe device channel to deliver maximum transfer throughput for up to eight U.2 SSD’s.

The Challenge: Maximizing Speed & Storage Capacity for high-end Digital Media Applications

Today’s high-end digital media applications require considerable storage space. A single, 30 minute 8K video clip can require nearly 200GB of capacity, and the raw footage used for editing and processing purposes requires exponentially more storage. Applications designed to accommodate 4 and 8K video footage, virtual reality /3D rendering projects, high resolution motion capture for VR/AR, game development and animation, and high-resolution digital microscopy, all require storage solutions can accommodate sustained, high-speed transfers of very large files.

Consistent, predictable and sustained high-speed data transfer is an absolute must-have for such applications. Data captured from multiple sources, such as a series of high-resolution cameras, is quickly transferred to a server via high-speed networking devices, and then must be offloaded from the server memory to the storage device.

A conventional SAS/SATA storage solution would be unable to keep pace with the server’s memory; this inevitably leads to a transfer bottleneck, which would then compromise the efficiency of the entire hardware platform. Hence the need for NVMe-based solutions –NVMe storage media, especially when used in conjunction with RAID technology, is more than capable of keeping pace with server memory.

In addition, such solution soften require a storage device with a small hardware footprint. M.2 has traditionally been the media of choice due to its highly compact design and excellent performance capabilities. However, M.2 media is not ideal for applications that require mass storage capability. As a result, some projects relied on separate hardware platforms for high-speed workspace and asset management.

Unsurprisingly, this is less than ideal for many modern professionals. Workspace is a premium, and the cost of maintaining traditional RAID solutions and server environment is nothing to take lightly. The growing need for compact mass storage solutions capable of delivering over 10GB/s of sustained performance is a very real challenge.

HighPoint HPC Solutions Maximize Write Performance for U.2 Storage

HPC Solutions enable professional system integrators to overcome the inherit capacity limitations of M.2 drives while addressing the write-performance shortcomings of U.2 NVMe media.

HighPoint high port count (HPC) NVMe RAID controllers can take full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 x16 transfer bandwidth to ensure maximum write performance for U.2 storage configurations. This performance-focused NVMe RAID architecture allocates up to x4 lanes to each device channel, and delivers up to 14,000 MB/s of transfer performance, while simultaneously supporting up to 120TB of storage capacity!

The compact, low-profile SSD7180 directly supports up to eight U.2 drives, and can be easily integrated into commercially available motherboards or custom platforms that provide a dedicated PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 x16 slot.

HPC Solutions enable professional system integrators to overcome the inherit capacity limitations of M.2 drives while addressing the write-performance shortcomings of U.2 NVMe media.  ​  HighPoint high port count (HPC) NVMe RAID controllers can take full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 x16 transfer bandwidth to ensure maximum write performance for U.2 storage configurations. This performance-focused NVMe RAID architecture allocates up to x4 lanes to each device channel, and delivers up to 14,000 MB/s of transfer performance, while simultaneously supporting up to 120TB of storage capacity!  ​  The compact, low-profile SSD7180 directly supports up to eight U.2 drives, and can be easily integrated into commercially available motherboards or custom platforms that provide a dedicated PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 x16 slot.
HPC Solutions enable professional system integrators to overcome the inherit capacity limitations of M.2 drives while addressing the write-performance shortcomings of U.2 NVMe media.  ​  HighPoint high port count (HPC) NVMe RAID controllers can take full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 x16 transfer bandwidth to ensure maximum write performance for U.2 storage configurations. This performance-focused NVMe RAID architecture allocates up to x4 lanes to each device channel, and delivers up to 14,000 MB/s of transfer performance, while simultaneously supporting up to 120TB of storage capacity!  ​  The compact, low-profile SSD7180 directly supports up to eight U.2 drives, and can be easily integrated into commercially available motherboards or custom platforms that provide a dedicated PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 x16 slot.
HPC Solutions enable professional system integrators to overcome the inherit capacity limitations of M.2 drives while addressing the write-performance shortcomings of U.2 NVMe media.  ​  HighPoint high port count (HPC) NVMe RAID controllers can take full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 x16 transfer bandwidth to ensure maximum write performance for U.2 storage configurations. This performance-focused NVMe RAID architecture allocates up to x4 lanes to each device channel, and delivers up to 14,000 MB/s of transfer performance, while simultaneously supporting up to 120TB of storage capacity!  ​  The compact, low-profile SSD7180 directly supports up to eight U.2 drives, and can be easily integrated into commercially available motherboards or custom platforms that provide a dedicated PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 x16 slot.

HighPoint High Port Count NVMe RAID Controller Series

SSD7180 - 8x PCIe 3.0 x4 SFF-8643 ports (low profile)
 

The SSD7180 is the industry’s first 8-Channel dedicated PCIe 3.0 x16 U.2 NVMe RAID controller for macOS, Linux and Windows platforms. The industry standard SFF-8643 connectors are compatible with a wide selection of 2.5” form-factor server chassis available in today’s marketplace and accept cables of varying length, which allow the SSD7180 RAID controller to be easily integrated into custom built hardware environments

The SSD7180 is the industry’s first 8-Channel dedicated PCIe 3.0 x16 U.2 NVMe RAID controller for macOS, Linux and Windows platforms. The industry standard SFF-8643 connectors are compatible with a wide selection of 2.5” form-factor server chassis available in today’s marketplace and accept cables of varying length, which allow the SSD7180 RAID controller to be easily integrated into custom built hardware environments

SSD7184 - 4x PCIe 3.0 x4 SFF-8643 & 4x PCIe 3.0 SFF-8644 (low profile)

The SSD7184 is the industry’s 8-Channel Hybrid Internal/External PCIe 3.0 NVMe RAID controller. This unique hybrid port configuration allows the SSD7184 to support both internal and external storage configurations – ideal for compact platforms that require a built-in option for storage expansion or the flexibility of a removable/ portable storage device. The 4x SFF-8643 connectors can support up to 4 internal U.2 drives, while the external SDD-8644 ports were designed for use with external NVMe storage enclosures, such as our SSD6500 series

The SSD7184 is the industry’s 8-Channel Hybrid Internal/External PCIe 3.0 NVMe RAID controller. This unique hybrid port configuration allows the SSD7184 to support both internal and external storage configurations – ideal for compact platforms that require a built-in option for storage expansion or the flexibility of a removable/ portable storage device. The 4x SFF-8643 connectors can support up to 4 internal U.2 drives, while the external SDD-8644 ports were designed for use with external NVMe storage enclosures, such as our SSD6500 series

SSD7140 Coming Soon - 8x PCIe 3.0 x8 M.2 ports (full height)

The SSD7140 is the industry’s most compact 8-channel NVMe RAID solution. The full-height controller is no larger than your average video adapter, yet can directly host up to eight 2242 / 2260 / 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD’s, and up to 16TB of storage

The SSD7140 is the industry’s most compact 8-channel NVMe RAID solution. The full-height controller is no larger than your average video adapter, yet can directly host up to eight 2242 / 2260 / 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD’s, and up to 16TB of storage

The Solution: HighPoint HPC NVMe RAID controllers maximize the potential of U.2 based storage configurations

U.2 SSD’s offer superior storage capacity when compared to their M.2 counterparts, and are capable of delivering solid, sustained transfer performance. U.2 SSD’s are also easy to integrate into just about any commercially available computing platform in today’s marketplace - they utilize the same 2.5” drive form factor that is now considered standard for today’s laptop, desktop and server. However, with write speeds typically limited to 2100MB/s or less, U.2 media is not as well suited for ultra-high performance applications, such as high-end Digital Imaging, which typically demands transfer rates in excess of 10GB/s.

For this reason, M.2 NVMe storage has been the go-to solution when maximum performance is paramount; when dedicated bandwidth is available, four M.2 SSD’s can deliver enough throughput to saturate the PCIe 3.0 x16 host interface. However, the adoption of M.2 media means many customers will have to choose between storage capacity and transfer speed, or opt for a secondary storage appliance for asset sharing.

HighPoint HPC Series RAID controllers have shifted this paradigm; customers can now completely saturate the PCIe 3.0 x16 host interface, while simultaneously hosting up to 120TB of redundant RAID storage, with a single compact PCIe device and handful of U.2 NVMe SSD’s!

Raising the Bar for U.2 NVMe Storage

HPC Series RAID controllers directly support up to 8 U.2 NVMe SSD’s, and are available in low-profile form factors for hardware environments that require a compact storage solution.

  • Maximizes Write Performance over PCIe 3.0 x16 host interface

  • True NVMe Mass Storage Solution – up to 120TB per PCIe device

  • Platform Independent – works with any PCIe 3.0/4.0 slot with dedicated x16 lanes

  • Available For macOS, Linux and Windows platforms

HighPoint High Port Count (HPC) NVMe RAID Solutions