HighPoint has started to ship its RocketStor 6600-series Thunderbolt 3 RAID enclosures that can accommodate up to eight storage devices. The enclosures support all popular RAID levels and can enable up to 1.6 GB/s throughput with HDDs or up to 2.7 GB/s throughput with SSDs, which is in line with other 8-bay TB3 storage boxes. Meanwhile, one of the key characteristics of the RocketStor 6618T enclosure is its $999 price point.

The HighPoint RocketStor 6600-series family consists of three models: the RocketStor 6618A tower enclosure with hardware RAID and 8 bays, the RocketStor 6618T tower enclosure with software RAID and 8 bays as well as the RocketStor 6674T rackmount enclosure with software RAID and 16 bays. The DAS boxes support hot swapping of 2.5”/3.5” storage devices, RAID in 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and 50 modes, intelligent fan control, audible alarms, and come with HighPoint’s storage management and monitoring software for Apple’s macOS and Microsoft Windows. The manufacturer ships its RocketStor 6600-series enclosures unpopulated and provides a list of compatible drives: the boxes support a wide range of enterprise and NAS-class devices, including 12 TB HDDs as well as up to 4 TB SSDs from various makers, including HGST, Seagate and Samsung.

As for performance, the HighPoint RocketStor 6600-series are designed for various professional applications and are aimed to support simultaneous streaming, editing, and backup of UHD video or other data. When an 8-bay RocketStor 6618A enclosure us populated with HDDs, its maximum sequential read performance is rated at up to 2000 MB/s, with SSDs, its performance as listed increases to 2700 MB/s. The RocketStor 6618T (with software RAID) is a bit slower, offering up to 1800 MB/s throughput with HDDs and up to 2400 MB/s with SSDs. At present, HighPoint does not reveal performance numbers for the rackmount 16-bay RocketStor 6674T.

The HighPoint RocketStor 6600-Series DAS with Thunderbolt 3
  RocketStor 6618A RocketStor 6618T RocketStor 6674T
Number of Bays 8 hot-swappable bays for 2.5" or 3.5" HDDs or SSDs 16 hot-swappable bays
HDD/SSD Interface SAS/SATA SATA SAS/SATA
List of Compatible HDDs/SSDs Link (PDF)
Capacity HDD RAID 0: 96 TB (8 × 12 TB)
RAID 5: 84 TB (8 × 12 TB)
RAID 0: 192 TB
(16 × 12 TB) (?)
SSD RAID 0: 32 TB (8 × 4 TB)
RAID 5: 28 TB (8 × 4 TB)
RAID 0: 64 TB
(16 × 4 TB) (?)
RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50
RAID0 HDD  2000 MB/s 1800 MB/s unknown
SSD 2700 MB/s unknown
RAID5 HDD 1700 MB/s 1600 MB/s unknown
SSD 2700 MB/s 2400 MB/s unknown
RAID Block Size Up to 1 MB Up to 128 KB unknown
RAID Controller HighPoint RAID-on-Chip I/O controller and 512 MB cache memory with ECC Software RAID that uses host system's CPU and RAM
Ports 2 × Thunderbolt 3
PSU integrated
Dimensions (W x H x L) 144 × 330 × 257 mm
5.67 × 13 × 10.12 inch
2U
Cables Included USB-C (Thunderbolt 40Gb/s or USB 3.1 10Gb/s) cable
Software HighPoint Storage Monitoring and Management Suite
Price (MSRP) $1299 (?) $999 unknown

Just like competing DAS products from other manufacturers, the HighPoint RocketStor systems feature two Thunderbolt 3 ports, making it possible to daisy chain a display or another TB3 device to the storage arrays. The maker bundles one active Thunderbolt 3 cable certified for 40 Gb/s.

One of the key things about the HighPoint RocketStor 6618-series Thunderbolt enclosures are their recommended prices: the more advanced model 6618A is priced at around $1300, whereas the model 6618T (with software RAID and lower performance) is set to cost around $1000. With such price points, HighPoint aims to make Thunderbolt 3-based RAID storage solutions considerably more accessible compared to pre-configured off-the-shelf DAS systems.

HighPoint claims that its RocketStor 6618T is now available in North America at its MSRP of $999. While the enclosure is available, in some cases it comes populated with HDDs and comes at appropriate price points. Meanwhile, Amazon offers empty RocketStor 6618T for $1092.19 (so, not quite $999) as well as empty RocketStor 6618A for $1299.

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Source: HighPoint

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  • ddriver - Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - link

    That's surely 2.7 GB/sec rather than TB. We don't have the interface for that. Reply
  • dstarr3 - Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - link

    Yeah, article states GB/s, headline is wrong. Aren't typos just the most amazing technology, though? :-P Reply
  • Pork@III - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    1024MB/s=1GB/s TB/s speeds is so far in the future in this small NAS/DAS Reply
  • Sarah Terra - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    Dont understand how this device can cost 1000 dollars, most id pay is 500 Reply
  • milkod2001 - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    It is ready to go solution for small businesses. You pay extra for that and also you pay extra because there is some sort of customer support coming with it.

    And yes for $500 you should be able to make your own custom build with probably much better specs and freeNAS or something presuming you know what you are doing and you don't charge yourself for your time spent with building and troubleshooting it.
    Reply
  • anactoraaron - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    If the $1000 price tag is for a diskless system with software raid then it is indeed grossly overpriced. So it is basically $1k for some plastic and fans? I'm having a hard time seeing the value in this. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    Because Thunderbolt tax?
    A quick search on my local price comparison website shows a 8x3TB USB 3 enclosure (24TB total) going for 1050€. Comparable Thunderbolt enclosure with 6x4TB (24TB total) is 2737€.
    Reply
  • Vidmo - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    Why are you even comparing USB enclosures with TB3 enclosures? That's apples and oranges and an order of magnitude difference in speed. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    Because he was talking about the "Thunderbolt tax" in his 1st sentence. Reply
  • Vidmo - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - link

    There must be such a thing as a "Ferrari tax" when compared a Ferrari to a Kia then. Apples and Oranges. Reply

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