New HighPoint RocketStor 6000 RAID Enclosure Hits Market
HighPoint has launched it’s newest RocketStor 6600 series of Thunderbolt 3-capable RAID enclosures. The 6600 series has three variants, two of which support up to eight disks while the flagship accommodates up to 16. The former two are currently available in the United States, though prices are fluctuating as of yet; MSRP starts at $1000.
The HighPoint RocketStor 6600 series supports all RAID levels — 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 — giving it plenty of flexibility for those that want to experiment with redundant setups. Data throughput speeds are 1.6GB/s when the racks have HDDs installed and 2.7GB/s for SSDs; this puts the HighPoint RocketStor 6600 solidly in with the rest of what’s currently on the market and should raise few eyebrows. The towers ship as is, without any storage mediums included, though certain U.S. retailers have already started selling them populated. This is likely the reason why it has been hard to pin a definite price on the RocketStor.
The HighPoint RocketStor 6600 series comes cooling included, in the form of intelligent fan control, as well as proprietary monitoring software compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. Users that need more than just one RocketStor 600 can give them should be happy to know that the tower is Thunderbolt 3-capable, allowing storage fans to daisy chain a number of them to create a truly huge backup array. As the towers measure just 144 by 330 by 257mm, they shouldn’t take up too much space either.
Taken altogether, the HighPoint RocketStor 6600 seems like a reasonably affordable RAID solution considering its flexibility and Thunderbolt 3 capability. Though setting up more than one is likely reserved just for the truly hard core of DAS fanatics, most regular users will still be able to enjoy the fast transfer speeds and choice of RAID configuration. The $1000 MSRP is reasonable enough, it just remains to be seen if it will stabilize in retail.
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