updated 11:33 am EDT, Mon April 7, 2014
Four- and eight-channel devices adapt older external storage enclosures
Storage and networking device maker Highpoint is adding a pair of new Thunderbolt devices to its product lineup. The storage connectivity vendor has debuted the eight-channel Rocketstor 6328L, along with the four-channel RocketStor 6324L eSATA and SAS Thunderbolt 2 adapters at this week's National Association of Broadcasters show.
The RocketStor 6328L delivers Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for both OS X and Windows platforms. The dual, Mini-SAS connectors (SFF-8088) and eight direct connectivity 6Gb per second SATA device channels enable existing Mini-SAS or eSATA external storage enclosures to support Thunderbolt host systems.
The Rocketstor 6324L is a low-cost, Thunderbolt 2 storage adapter. The RocketStor 6324L's external Mini-SAS connector (SFF-8088) supports up to four eSATA devices or a single Mini-SAS storage unit. HighPoint's EXT-MS-1MMS (SFF-8088 to SFF-8088) and EXT-MS-1MEJ (SFF-8088 to quad-eSATA) cables are compatible with both the RocketStor 6324L and 6328L, and allow a single Thunderbolt 2 port to support eSATA or Mini-SAS storage units from a single adapter.
Both the RocketStor 6324L and 6328L Thunderbolt 2 adapters are set to launch in the second quarter of 2014. The 6324L is slated to retail for $299, with no price named for the 6328L.