The needs of the datacenter are constantly changing, but one thing remains the same: the amount of data requiring storage is growing at a faster rate every year. Administrators tasked with storing massive amounts of data are constrained by the also-unchanging IT budget. Delivering a copious amount of storage capacity within a tightly defined budget is becoming a more arduous task with each passing year.
Much of the value of an economical approach stems from a careful analysis of the required workload. Not every workload requires bleeding-edge performance, and in many cases with large arrays of HDDs, the exact opposite is true. Acquiring top-shelf HBA components can simply equate to spending valuable IT dollars on unneeded performance. HighPoint's approach of right-sizing the Rocket 750 for the task at hand is a great example of their overall design philosophy. While the performance of the Rocket 750 isn't going to set any records, it is far above any requirements for hard drives.
The spartan approach saves money on upfront acquisition costs by reducing the required number of devices to complete the job typically serviced by several devices. The low power consumption of the Rocket 750 also delivers on the tail end by delivering great TCO by reducing overall power consumption. Low power consumption also ends up generating less heat.
The use of Marvell architecture is a good move for HighPoint. Marvell's architecture is proven and reliable, and Marvell provides other support, such as complete SDKs and drivers. System integrators concerned about reliability from value-oriented storage solutions tend to place more stock into designs that use proven architectures.
Compatibility and management can become sticking points. The Rocket 750 is certified for use with Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD. The management utility is simple and functional and fulfills the limited requirements needed for HBA management, along with a few nice monitoring features.
BackBlaze has integrated the HighPoint Technologies Rocket 750 into their Storage Pod 4.0 design to address several key challenges. The use of the Rocket 750 facilitates the removal of five multiplexor boards, which each adds a potential point of failure. The increased speed provided by the Rocket 750 also drastically reduces the time required for key system processes.
BackBlaze has always maintained an open-source philosophy with their Storage Pod designs, which has led to many users replicating their design for their own environment. The no-frills design provides the most spacious storage capacity at the lowest possible price point, and Storage Pod designs are replicated for a wide range of use-cases. BackBlaze freely shares the design specifications and parts list for their Storage Pods on their blog page.
In our testing, we chose to present the Rocket 750 as a stand-alone evaluation simply because there isn't another product on the market that fills this niche. Pairing the Rocket 750 with today's 6TB drives, administrators can pack a whopping 240 TB of storage into just one HBA. This impressive density and adequate performance at a low price point merits the TweakTown Best Value Award.
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United States: The HighPoint Technologies Rocket 750 retails for $739.00 at Amazon.
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