HighPoint Launches RocketCache 3240X8 (RC3240X8)


I generally use a dedicated SSD + standard 3.5″ hard drive in any build that requires significant local storage, but not everyone wants to managing separate logical drives or pay out for a 60GB+ OS drive so many vendors are producing hybrid solutions to leverage the relative strengths of both storage options.

HighPoint enters this market today with the RocketCache 3240X8, which provides this feature. It’s unclear from the press release what chips are on the board, or whether the device also supports normal RAID or JBOD functionality like their other controllers (I’m quite fond of the RocketRAID 640 in my file server).

Full PR after the click…

HighPoint Launches the RocketCache 3240X8: Bringing Affordable SSD Performance to Terabyte capacity Storage
February 2012, Milpitas, CA – HighPoint Technologies, Inc., the industry’s price-leader for SATA and SAS HBA and storage solutions, launches the RocketCache 3240X8; a ground-breaking SSD caching solution that is set to revolutionize high-performance storage for desktop PC’s and workstations. Unlike conventional caching products which were designed for generic, every-day software applications or are tied to a particular SSD or motherboard, RocketCache allows you to create your own high-performance storage solution using off the shelf hard disks and SSD’s. 
Introducing the RocketCahce 3420X8 Controller – 4-Port SAT 6Gb/s PCI-E 2.0 x8
The RocketCache 3240X8 HBA’s 4 independent SATA 6Gb/s ports are powered by a blazing fast PCI-Express 2.0 host interface, and has been optimized for today’s fastest SSD’s and hard disk drives. The RocketCache 3240X8 was designed for high-performance, Windows-based PC platforms, is fully backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 x8 and x16 slots, and supports SATA hard disks and SSD’s of any generation.
RocketCache puts You in the Driver’s Seat
Why settle for caching products that restrict you to a single SSD or hard disk, or limit performance gains to the operating system’s default applications? With HighPoint’s RocketCache 3240X8, you can craft the SSD caching solution that meets your exact specifications.  Mix and match combinations of hard disks and SSD’s as you see fit: double-up 2 hard disks with 2 SSD’s for fast, high-security data storage, or link up to 3 SSD’s with a single hard drive for extreme performance.
Freedom of Choice
The easy to use software interface allows you to select from one of four specialized Caching Methods, each designed for specific applications and storage requirements. Maximum Performance optimizes your hard disk and SSD configurations for incredibly fast data access and data transfers. Maximum Protection allows you to pair one or more SSD’s with multiple hard disks for optimal data security and read performance. For a balanced approach, select either High-Performance with Cache Protection or High-Protection with Cache Performance.
The RocketCache 3240X8 will become available late-February to early March, from HighPoint’s world-wide network of Distribution and Reseller channels. 
Distribution Channels: ASI, D&H Distribution, MaLabs, Avnet
E-Commerce Channels: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.UK, Newegg.com, B&H, Tiger Direct
About HighPoint
HighPoint designs and manufactures a full spectrum of SAS and SATA HBA’s with Management Solutions for wide scale Storage Applications. We are long recognized as an innovator of RAID HBA technology and have continuously developed cutting edge RAID solutions to satisfy the industry’s evolving storage requirements. HighPoint is the SAS and SATA Storage Industry price leader for all OEM/ODM, SMB and Enterprise HBA’s. HighPoint has a successful track record of delivering products to fortune 500 companies and global storage providers. HighPoint has regional
sales offices and world-wide distribution networks to better serve customers locally.