iXsystems Collaborates with HighPoint Technologies Inc. to Integrate RocketRAID 6Gb/s SAS Drivers into FreeBSD

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Driver now available in FreeBSD 9.x and 8.x STABLE branches

Thanks to the hard work of the developers at HighPoint Technologies, FreeBSD developers at iXsystems recently committed HighPoint's RocketRAID 2700 series drivers into FreeBSD. This means increased hardware support and more options for FreeBSD users and vendors.

HighPoint Technologies Inc. designs and manufactures a wide spectrum of SAS and SATA HBA's for storage solutions. HighPoint has developed cutting-edge RAID drivers to meet industry's constantly evolving storage requirements. Their RocketRAID 2700 SAS 6Gb/s series is the most competitively-priced host RAID HBA line, and provides direct connectivity with up to 32 ports. The RocketRAID 2700 series is ideal for a workstation, desktop, or server environment that requires high-performance storage with robust reliability, and supports all major operating systems including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD.

The RocketRAID 2700 SAS 6Gb/s HBA card series is a BSD-licensed, freely available driver that can now be easily distributed and installed with the FreeBSD installation disk. This successfully eliminates the hassle of customizing a kernel, and running into potential incompatibility issues when updating the FreeBSD system.

The driver also provides users with configuration tools for specific applications, real-time monitoring, and notification systems. It is fully supported on mainstream x86 platforms, and will be kept up to date by FreeBSD community developers to ensure its compatibility with future FreeBSD releases. The RocketRAID 2700 SAS 6Gb/s series driver will be available in all future releases of FreeBSD, beginning with versions 8.3 and 9.1.

“We would like to thank HighPoint for their contribution,” says Xin Li, FreeBSD Developer and Senior Software Engineer at iXsystems. "The new driver will enable users to install and use FreeBSD on the new SAS 6Gb/s HBAs. This gives users more choices when designing FreeBSD-based storage solutions as a result of cutting edge hardware support."

About iXsystems

iXsystems is the all-around FreeBSD company that builds FreeBSD-certified servers and storage solutions, oversees FreeNAS development, and is the corporate sponsor of the PC-BSD Project. iXsystems is an employee-owned and operated, open source-centric, customer focused organization, dedicated to providing the highest quality built-to-order enterprise rackmount server solutions, pre-configured server appliances, and scalable storage solutions to our customers around the globe. More information about iXsystems is available on the web at http://www.iXsystems.com.

About Highpoint Technologies Inc.

HighPoint Technologies is a professional, host-based, RAID controller manufacturer. For more than 15 years, HighPoint has dedicated themselves to the manufacturing and deployment of quality, robust, and cutting-edge RAID host adapters based on the latest storage interface. Their comprehensive range of RAID and non-RAID products are designed to support the latest SAS, SATA, and SSD hard disk devices including SATA 6G. For more information, visit HighPoint Technologies at http://www.highpoint-tech.com.

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