HighPoint’s Rocket 700 Series 12G High Port Count HBAs Establishes a New Milestone for single-controller Storage Solutions
HighPoint's new Rocket 700 series 12G SAS product line represent the industry’s densest single-card HBA solutions for x86-64 Intel/AMD, ARM and Mac platforms.
As successors to the industry’s original single-card mass storage solution, Rocket 750 6Gb/s SATA HBA, Rocket 700A series 12G HBAs are available with 8 to 48 independent device channels, and are capable of supporting any industry standard 2.5” or 3.5” SAS or SATA hard disk drive.
The full-length, single width HBAs can be easily integrated into any industry standard x86 or ARM platform with a free PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 x16 slot. Rocket 700A HBAs utilize robust, self-locking SFF-8643 ports, which support a wide range of cabling options and drive bay configurations.
Independent Device Channels & Robust PCIe 3.0 x16 Host Bandwidth
HighPoint’s unique PCB architecture leverages the dedicated 12G SAS device channels, robust PCIe 3.0 x16 host interface and intelligent PCIe switch technology to ensure each HDD can operate at full speed. Rocket 700 series 48, 40 and 32-Port HBA’s can deliver over 14,000MB/s of transfer bandwidth.
Staggered Power Up Solution
Hard disk drives require considerably more power during their initial spin-up phase. Powering on 36 or more drives simultaneously can place a great deal of strain on the platform’s PSU. To mitigate this problem, Rocket 700A series enable administrators to power-up groups of PUIS enabled hard disks at timed intervals; a feature known as Staggered Drive Spin-Up. This feature can be enabled or disabled by the administrator as needed, using the Web-based or CLI management interfaces.
OS RAID and Software-Defined Storage Infrastructure Ready
Rocket 700 Series HBAs are compatible with all modern operating systems including Windows/Windows Server, macOS, and current distributions of Linux. Hard disks hosted by Rocket 700A series HBAs will be recognized as independent, stand-alone drives, which can be formatted, partitioned and configured into software RAID arrays or JBOD/span configurations using the default Windows and Linux storage management interfaces.
Rocket 700A series HBAs are fully compatible with OS level RAID solutions and Software-Defined Storage Suites (SDS) such as Linux CEPH, and Microsoft S2D. Customers need only install the device driver – no additional software layer or interface is required.
HighPoint’s SHI (Storage Health Inspector)
The SHI monitoring interface allows administrators to instantly check the operating status of storage devices in real-time. SHI utilizes SMART technology to log and report the characteristics of each physical drive, such as temperature, voltage, and disk related warnings or errors.
Comprehensive Support for Linux & Windows Platforms
Rocket 700A series HBAs are compatible with all current Windows operating system and Linux distributions that utilize kernel v3.10 and later. Device drivers are routinely updated to keep in sync with official OS updates.
Linux Open-Source Package with Auto-Compilation The administrator need only install the root package; the driver will handle all future updates automatically, such as checking/monitoring the status of kernel releases, preparing the system environment, recompiling a new driver, and installation.
HighPoint Certified Cable Accessories
We manufacture a selection of certified data cables for Rocket 700 series 12Gb/s SAS 6G SATA Connectivity HBAs.
HighPoint Certified Cable accessories are fully compliant with all current technology standards and have been rigorously tested with our Rocket/RocketRAID series controller cards to ensure maximum transfer performance, secure connectivity, and ease of integration.
As we cannot guarantee secure connectivity, stability or compatibility with unqualified third-party cable accessories or adapters, we recommend that only HighPoint Certified cables be used with our controller products. Learn More
1M SFF-8643 SAS to 4x SFF-8482 SAS cable
The 8643-4SAS-1M cable is designed for use with Rocket 700 series 12G HBAs and RocketRAID series 12G RAID AICs, and has been tested with a wide range of Enterprise and Pro-NAS class SAS hard drives.
1M SFF-8643 SAS to 4x SATA cable
The 8643-4SATA-1M cable is designed for use with the Rocket 700 series 12G HBAs and RocketRAID series 12G RAID AICs, and has been tested with a wide range of cost-effective SATA hard drives.